Country of origin: United States
Why we love it: Hilton was the first company to put TVs in its rooms. Presumably before this people just spent their time in hotel rooms staring at the space where a television should be.
Why its logo is easier to remember than returning your room key: The first hotel to bear the Hilton name opened in Texas in 1925. There are now more than 550 Hilton locations in 79 countries with more than 190,000 guest rooms.
Legendary fact: John Lennon wrote the lyrics to "Imagine" on Hilton stationery while staying at a New York Hilton.
11. DFS Galleria
Country of origin: Hong Kong
Why we love it: Why buy one bottle of Piper-Heidsieck when you get three in a handy carry pack?
Why its logo is easier to remember than the metric system (or whichever aggravating one you don't use): In 1960, the first DFS location opened in Hong Kong and two years later the company brought the first duty-free shop to the United States.
This, of course, changed your friends saying, "Thank you for flying 12 hours to see me!" to "Glad you're here, can you just pop in and grab me a couple bottles of whiskey and a pint of Chanel No.5?"
Now with 420 locations, DFS Galleria has both airport and city center mall shops.
Big numbers: According to the company, 200 million travelers visited DFS stores in 2012.
Country of origin: Mexico
Why we love it: Seeing kids freak out about their paycheck seems only fair.
Why its logo is easier to remember than where the last Winter Olympics were held: If you feel your children are a little behind on the concept of capitalism, it might be worth a visit to KidZania.
Each KidZania entertainment center is a kid-sized replica of a city. On entrance, children get Kidzos, a currency they can use to purchase goods, services and play opportunities.
When they run out, they can earn more by "working" at branded activities, such as making food at McDonald's, bottling Coca-Cola or piloting an Air Asia plane.
Kiddie corner: Since opening in 1999, 25 million visitors have come to KidZania's 11 worldwide locations.
Country of origin: Sweden
Why we love it: Convenient alternative to ABBA when in need of an easy Sweden reference/joke.
Why its logo is easier to remember than the names of the members of ABBA: In 1958, Ingvar Kamprad opened his first IKEA store in Sweden and revolutionized the world of home decor with inexpensive, flat-pack, assemble-it-yourself, why-are-there-two-extra-screws furniture.
While the company has broadened its horizons to inexpensive meatballs, furniture remains its major focus.
Why is IKEA on a list of chains for travelers? See the gallery above.
Forest fact: The company uses 1% of the world's wood supply each year.