U.S. Hotel Construction Pipeline Continues to Expand Year-Over-Year Despite COVID-19

At the end of the first quarter of 2020, analysts at Lodging Econometrics (LE) report that the total U.S. construction pipeline continued to expand year-over-year (YOY) to 5,731 projects/706,128 rooms, up 1% by projects and 3% by rooms. However, quarter-over-quarter, the pipeline has contracted slightly less than 1% by both project and room counts, down from 5,748 projects/708,898 rooms at the close of 2019.

HVS Report – The Impact of COVID-19 on Hotel Values – By Anne R. Lloyd-Jones , Suzanne R. Mellen , Tanya J. Pierson

The COVID-19 pandemic and the related restrictions on travel, business activity, and individual movement are having an unprecedented impact on our industry and economy. Hotel owners, operators, lenders, and investors are all facing greater challenges than ever anticipated, as they grapple with plummeting occupancy, average rate (ADR), and RevPAR and seek solutions to mitigate the impact on EBITDA.

China’s Hotel Construction Pipeline Closes 2019 Hitting New All-Time High

Analysts at Lodging Econometrics (LE) report that China’s total construction pipeline boomed in the fourth quarter of 2019 and closed the quarter at 3,526 projects/643,435 rooms, up 28% by projects and 11% by rooms year-over-year (YOY). At the end of 2019, both projects and rooms in the construction pipeline are at new all-time highs. China has the second largest pipeline in the world.

The Global Hotel Construction Pipeline Hits Record High at 2019 Year-End

Lodging Econometrics (LE) has released its year-end Global Construction Pipeline Trend Report, which compiles construction pipeline counts for every country, and city around the world. At the close of 2019, LE analysts state that the total global construction pipeline hit record highs with 15,000 projects/2,454,954 rooms, a 11% increase in projects and an 8% increase in rooms year-over-year (YOY).