Washington, D.C. 20549

Form 6-K


For the month of July 2018

Commission File Number: 001-34656 

Huazhu Group Limited
(Translation of registrant's name into English)

No. 2266 Hongqiao Road
Changning District
Shanghai 200336
People's Republic of China
(86) 21 6195-2011
(Address of principal executive office)

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  Huazhu Group Limited    
Date: July 16, 2018 By: /s/ Min (Jenny) Zhang
  Name: Min (Jenny) Zhang
  Title: Chief Executive Officer


Exhibit Number Description
Exhibit 99.1 Huazhu Announces Its Preliminary Results for Hotel Operation in the Second Quarter of 2018




Huazhu Announces Its Preliminary Results for Hotel Operation in the Second Quarter of 2018

SHANGHAI, China, July 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

Huazhu Group Limited (NASDAQ:HTHT) (“Huazhu”, or the “Company”), a leading and fast-growing multi-brand hotel group in China, today announced its preliminary results for the hotel operation in the second quarter ended June 30, 2018. 

Operating Metrics

 For the quarter ended
 June 30,March 31,June 30,
Occupancy rate (as a percentage)  
  Leased and owned hotels90.8%85.6%91.4%
  Manachised hotels90.8%84.0%89.8%
  Franchised hotels74.4%69.8%78.7%
Average daily room rate  (in RMB)  
  Leased and owned hotels232243270
  Manachised hotels188194212
  Franchised hotels203228248
RevPAR  (in RMB)   
  Leased and owned hotels211208246
  Manachised hotels171163190
  Franchised hotels151159195

Like-for-like performance for hotels opened for at least 18 months during the current quarter
 As of and for the quarter ended 
 June 30,yoy
Total   2,866  2,866 
  Leased and owned hotels  559  559 
  Manachised and franchised hotels  2,307  2,307 
Occupancy rate (as a percentage)92.0%92.2%0.3%
Average daily room rate (in RMB)1962107.5%
RevPAR (in RMB)1801947.9%

Hotel Development

 Number of hotels in operation Number of rooms in operation
 Opened Closed (1)Net added As of  Net added As of 
 in Q2 2018in Q2 2018in Q2 2018June 30, 2018 in Q2 2018June 30, 2018
Leased and owned hotels  7  (7)  -   673   723  86,231
Manachised and franchised hotels  140  (54)  86  3,230   7,735  307,186
Total  147  (61)  86  3,903   8,458  393,417
(1) Reasons for closures include property-related issues, operating loss and non-comliance issues. As of June 30, 2018, two manachised hotels were temporarily closed for brand upgrade. 

 Number of hotels in pipeline
as of June 30, 2018
Leased hotels  39
Manachised and franchised hotels  800
Total(2)  839
(2) Including 145 hotels under brands of ibis, ibis Styles, Mercure, Grand Mercure and Novotel; 113 hotels under brands of Orange Select and Crystal Orange.

Business Update by Segment

Hotel breakdown by segment  
 Number of hotels in operation
 Net added As of 
 in Q2 2018June 30, 2018
Economy hotels(7)2,857
HanTing Hotel(9)2,236
  Leased hotels(12)428
  Manachised hotels31,804
  Franchised hotels04
Hi Inn4395
  Leased hotels(1)29
  Manachised hotels2317
  Franchised hotels349
Elan Hotel(2)218
  Manachised hotels0188
  Franchised hotels(2)30
Orange Hotel08
  Leased hotels06
  Manachised hotels01
  Franchised hotels01
Midscale and upscale hotels  93  1,046
JI Hotel29452
  Leased hotels091
  Manachised hotels29359
  Franchised hotels02
Starway Hotel4177
  Leased hotels02
  Manachised hotels4145
  Franchised hotels030
Joya Hotel07
  Leased hotels04
  Manachised hotels02
  Franchised hotels01
Manxin Hotels & Resorts217
  Leased hotels03
  Manachised hotels211
  Franchised hotels03
HanTing Premium Hotel1745
  Leased hotels617
  Manachised hotels1128
Ibis Hotel7112
  Leased and owned hotels219
  Manachised hotels751
  Franchised hotels(2)42
Ibis Styles Hotel 723
  Leased hotels11
  Manachised hotels720
  Franchised hotels(1)2
Mercure Hotel928
  Leased hotels24
  Manachised hotels719
  Franchised hotels05
Novotel Hotel  15
  Manachised hotels14
  Franchised hotels01
Grand Mercure 16
  Leased hotels01
  Manachised hotels13
  Franchised hotels02
Orange Select13127
  Leased hotels248
  Manachised hotels554
  Franchised hotels625
Crystal Orange347
  Leased hotels020
  Manachised hotels218
  Franchised hotels19
Total  86  3,903

Same-hotel operational data by segment          
 Number of hotels in operationSame-hotel RevPAR Same-hotel ADR Same-hotel Occupancy 
 As ofFor the quarter ended For the quarter ended For the quarter ended 
 June 30,June 30,yoy changeJune 30,yoy changeJune 30,yoy change
Economy hotels  2,406  2,406  161  1748.0%  172  1868.1%94%94%-0.1%
  Leased hotels  459  459  168  18912.2%  182  20110.3%92%94%1.7%
  Manachised and franchised hotels  1,947  1,947  159  1706.6%  168  1817.4%95%94%-0.7%
Midscale and upscale hotels  460  460  251  2697.2%  297  3124.8%84%86%2.0%
  Leased and owned hotels  100  100  313  3326.1%  345  3655.5%91%91%0.5%
  Manachised and franchised hotels  360  360  226  2437.8%  276  2894.5%82%84%2.5%
Total  2,866  2,866  180  1947.9%  196  2107.5%92%92%0.3%

About Huazhu Group Limited
Huazhu Group Limited is a leading hotel operator and franchisor in China. As of June 30, 2018, the Company had 3,903 hotels or 393,417 rooms in operation. With a primary focus on economy and midscale hotel segments, Huazhu’s brands include Hi Inn, HanTing Hotel, Elan Hotel, HanTing Premium Hotel, JI Hotel, Starway Hotel, Joya Hotel, Crystal Orange Hotel, Orange Hotel Select, Orange Hotel and Manxin Hotel. The Company also has the rights as master franchisee for Mercure, Ibis and Ibis Styles, and co-development rights for Grand Mercure and Novotel, in Pan-China region.

The Company's business includes leased and owned, manachised and franchised models. Under the lease and ownership model, the Company directly operates hotels typically located on leased or owned properties. Under the manachise model, the Company manages manachised hotels through the on-site hotel managers it appoints and collects fees from franchisees. Under the franchise model, the Company provides training, reservation and support services to the franchised hotels and collects fees from franchisees but does not appoint on-site hotel managers. The Company applies a consistent standard and platform across all of its hotels. As of June 30, 2018, Huazhu Group operates 22 percent of its hotel rooms under lease and ownership model, 78 percent under manachise and franchise models.

For more information, please visit the Company’s website: http://ir.huazhu.com .

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: The information in this release contains forward-looking statements which involve risks and uncertainties. Such factors and risks include our anticipated growth strategies; our future results of operations and financial condition; the economic conditions of China; the regulatory environment in China; our ability to attract customers and leverage our brand; trends and competition in the lodging industry; the expected growth of the lodging market in China; and other factors and risks detailed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements, which may be identified by terminology such as “may,” “should,” “will,” “expect,” “plan,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “forecast,” “project,” or “continue,” the negative of such terms or other comparable terminology. Readers should not rely on forward-looking statements as predictions of future events or results.

The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required by applicable law.

Contact Information
Investor Relations
Tel: 86 (21) 6195 9561
Email: ir@huazhu.com