Market Metrix Announces Annual 2011 Hospitality Index Results

Oberoi Hotels & Resorts Rated #1 in Guest Satisfaction for 2011. Rebounding Economy Boosts Customer Service Levels Across Industry

Larkspur, CA, March 03, 2012 --( Guest satisfaction with hotels improved in 2011 over the prior year (+1.2 to 84.5) due in part to improved hotel performance and the positive industry outlook. The largest gains occurred among luxury hotels (+2.9 to 88.8) while Midscale (w/o F&B) hotels posted the biggest decline (-0.3 to 83.5) compared to the previous year. Oberoi Hotels and Resorts posted the top customer satisfaction score among all hotel brands in 2011 (96.8). Encore (+1.2 to 89.8) received the highest evaluations among casino customers.

With more hiring and the return of some guest services, nearly every sector of the hospitality industry posted better service scores last year. Employee related areas showed the biggest gains compared to the prior year (Friendliness Front Desk +2.0 to 88.6, Can do attitude +1.6 to 85.5). Higher guest emotion scores (+1.0 to 79.0) also reflected improved guest service (e.g., Comfortable +1.7 to 85.4 and Welcome +1.7 to 86.0). Affinia Hotels showed the largest gain of any single brand (+9.7 to 94.0) in the Service category. Service scores for luxury hotels soared (+3.1 to 86.4) with Baglioni Hotels (+8.8 to 94.4) and Taj Hotels (+5.8 to 90.2) showing big gains in this segment. The only segment to show a decline in service scores were Upscale Casinos (-0.2 to 83.8).

Performance across the Hotel Industry
Luxury hotels received the highest satisfaction scores (-0.2 to 88.8) led by Oberoi Hotels and Resorts (96.8). Upper Midscale hotels also did well (+2.3 to 84.1) with TownPlace Suites (+2.4 to 88.1) and Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts (+1.1 to 83.0) posting the biggest gains in customer satisfaction compared to a year earlier.

Among Casinos, customer satisfaction improved (+0.5 to 83.6) with South Point Hotel Casino (88.4) receiving the top score. Tropicana Resort and Casino Las Vegas (+6.2 to 88.0) showed a dramatic improvement over the prior year. Customer satisfaction among Upscale Casinos was down slightly (-0.2 to 84.2) with Encore Casino (89.8) receiving the highest evaluations from guests. Among Upscale Casinos, Las Vegas Hilton (+2.5 to 81.7) posted the biggest gain compared to last year.

Market Metrix Hospitality Index 2011 Winners

Winner Segment

Oberoi Hotels and Resorts 96.8 Luxury
Affinia Hotels 93.4 Upper Upscale
Outrigger Hotels and Resorts 92.7 Upscale
Drury Inns 91.2 Upper Midscale
Wingate Inns 87.8 Midscale
Microtel Inns & Suites 85.1 Economy
Casinos: Hotel Experience
Encore Casino 89.8 Upscale casino
South Point Hotel Casino Spa 88.4 Casino
Casinos: Gaming Experience
Mohegan Sun 82.9 Upscale casino
Orleans 84.4 Casino

Web Sites
Staybridge 87.7 Hotel Brand Web Site
AOL Proprietary Travel 80.6 Hotel Travel Web Site
Disney Vacation Club 88.3 Timeshare Accommodations

About MMHI
Based on 35,000 customer interviews conducted each quarter, the Market Metrix Hospitality Index (MMHI) is the largest and most in-depth measure of hospitality company performance available today. Our annual MMHI Awards are coveted by lodging and travel enterprises around the world. These benchmarks, delivered through our flagship product Customer Metrix™, enable Market Metrix clients to compare their results to competitors by STAR segment, AAA classification, Brand, SMSA, industry averages, performers in the top 10% and other classifications. The MMHI is also available by subscription.

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