SOURCE: Market Metrix, LLC

January 31, 2008 08:00 ET

2007 Was Kind to Hotel Guests, Harsh on Airline Passengers - Kimpton Hotels Outscore Industry Giants

Market Metrix Announces 2007 Annual Hospitality Index Results

SAN RAFAEL, CA--(Marketwire - January 31, 2008) - Market Metrix, LLC, the leading provider of customer and employee feedback and performance tools for the hospitality industry, today announced annual results of the Market Metrix Hospitality Index (MMHI) for 2007. Kimpton Hotels, Sun Country Airlines and Enterprise Rent-a-Car ranked number one in hotel, airline and rental car industry customer satisfaction, respectively.

Overall, customer satisfaction with hotels finished the year (2007) with a slight increase (+.4) over the previous year (2006). With all barometers increasing -- satisfaction, average daily rates and occupancy -- 2007 was a good year.

For 2007, Kimpton Hotels posted the highest score (90.6) among all hotels in the industry. Their unique collection of boutique hotels not only topped their own upscale brand segment but also outscored legendary hotel chains such as The Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons and Peninsula Hotels. How is this possible? Kimpton customers say that you can't help but "feel the Kimpton style" with "incredibly comfortable bedding" and employees that have a "super attitude and really go out of their way to help you!" The company is in the midst of an aggressive period of growth and expansion from entering new markets to developing concentrations of hotels in existing hubs.

Among most airlines, 2007 was a bad year for the customer. In fact, customer satisfaction with airlines for 2007 (76) fell to the lowest recorded levels since the industry was rocked by 9/11. As airlines continue to struggle with flight delays, labor contracts and higher fuel prices, consumers feel they are getting less for their money. Sun Country, one of the few bright spots, earned the highest score in customer satisfaction among all airlines in 2007. Sun Country Airlines is a low cost, low fare carrier based in St. Paul, MN, that flies to popular business and leisure destinations such as New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Las Vegas, as well as seasonally to Mexico and the Caribbean.

Satisfaction among car rental companies was up slightly for the year (+.75) despite rising fuel prices and decreased availability of new rental vehicles. More refined customer and corporate information management and easy-to-use internet booking applications are two of the ways that technology is helping car rental companies deliver leading-edge service to their most valued customers. Enterprise continues their industry dominance with overall satisfaction and loyalty scores well above their competitors. The brands showing the biggest improvements in 2007 were Advantage (+2.9 to 79) and Payless (+2.0 to 77.1), while Alamo (-1.8 to 78.2) and Hertz (-0.7 to 79.7) reported the biggest declines.

Market Metrix Hospitality Index 2007 Annual Winners

WINNER                                      SEGMENT

Hotels
Rosewood                          88.5      Luxury
Kimpton Hotels                    90.6      Upper Upscale
Homewood Suites                   88.0      Upscale
Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts       82.4      Midscale w/ F&B
Drury Inns                        88.5      Midscale w/o F&B
Jameson Inns                      82.8      Economy

Casinos
Wynn Las Vegas                    91.5      Upscale casino
Borgata Casino                    89.5      Casino

Web Sites
SpringHill Suites                 89.3      Hotel Brand Web Site
Hotwire                           76.1      Hotel Travel Web Site

Airline
Sun Country                       85.3      AIRLINE

Car Rental
Enterprise                        83.3      CAR RENTAL

Timeshare
Disney Vacation Club              90.3      Timeshare Accommodations

About MMHI

Based on 35,000 customer interviews conducted each quarter, the Market Metrix Hospitality Index is the largest and most in-depth measure of hospitality company performance available today. These benchmarks, delivered through Customer Metrix, enable Market Metrix clients to compare their results to competitors by STAR segment, AAA classification, Brand, SMSA, Industry averages, World Class (top 10%), and other classifications. The MMHI is also available by subscription.

About Market Metrix

With over 100 clients in 70 countries, Market Metrix has helped hospitality companies turn feedback into performance since 1996. Its flagship Customer Metrix and Employee Metrix suites provide multi-channel survey, analysis and service improvement tools and benchmarking data for the hospitality industry.

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