Analysts at Lodging Econometrics (LE) report that Chinas total construction pipeline continues to expand with 2,845 projects/590,809 rooms, up 15% by projects and 8% by rooms year-over-year (YOY). Both projects and rooms in the pipeline are at new all-time highs. Construction growth has been substantially enhanced by the billions of liquidity unleashed by the government last year to offset the manufacturing slump and slowing economy brought about by the escalating trade dispute with the United States.
China has 2,083 projects/414,967 rooms presently under construction, up 21% and 12% YOY, respectively while projects scheduled to start construction in the next 12 months stand at 387 projects/83,074 rooms, both at record highs. Projects in the early planning stage stand at 375 projects/92,768 rooms.
In the first quarter, China opened 185 new hotels/27,455 rooms. LE anticipates 795 new hotels/127,420 rooms will open for all of 2019 while in 2020, 732 new hotels with 124,160 rooms are forecast to open.
Guangzhou leads China's pipeline with 128 projects/28,367 rooms, near its high set in the fourth quarter of 2018. Shanghai follows with 114 projects/22,747 rooms. Next is Chengdu at a record high 110 projects/23,295 rooms. Suzhou with 83 projects/15,092 rooms and Hangzhou with 79 projects/17,415 rooms follow.
Franchise companies topping Chinas construction pipeline are Hilton Worldwide with 421 projects/86,750 rooms, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) with 340 projects/76,861 rooms, and Marriott International with 291 projects/79,860 rooms, all three setting record highs. Next is JinJiang Holdings with 273 projects/31,118 rooms and AccorHotels with 201 projects/35,318 rooms.
Brands in the pipeline are dominated by Hampton by Hilton, at an all-time high, with 242 projects/38,608 rooms. Hiltons second largest brand is DoubleTree with 65 projects/18,733 rooms. IHGs primary brand in China is Holiday Inn Express, at a record count, with 162 projects/29,599 rooms and Holiday Inn with 57 projects/14,880 rooms. Marriott Internationals top brands are the full-service Marriott Hotel & Resort, hitting an all-time high, with 67 projects/20,373 rooms and Courtyard with 36 projects/9,321 rooms. Leading brands for JinJiang Holdings are 7 Days Inn with 118 projects/9,296 rooms, and Vienna Hotel with 74 projects/10,360 rooms. AccorHotels leading brands are hitting all-time highs with 85 Ibis projects/9,214 rooms, and Mercure Hotel with 57 projects/9,948 rooms.