LE: U.S. hotel construction pipeline rises in all project stages YOY

Marriott leads among hotel companies, New York is the top market

U.S. hotel construction pipeline
યુએસ હોટેલ કન્સ્ટ્રક્શન પાઇપલાઇન 6,58, 207 રૂમ સાથે 5,545 પર છે, જે પ્રોજેક્ટ્સ અને રૂમ્સ દ્વારા પ્રતિ વર્ષ 9 ટકાની વૃદ્ધિ દર્શાવે છે. યુ.એસ.માં ટોચના 25 બજારોએ પણ પ્રથમ ત્રિમાસિક ગાળામાં વાર્ષિક ધોરણે વૃદ્ધિ નોંધાવી છે, જેમાં ડલ્લાસ 184 પ્રોજેક્ટ સાથે આગળ છે. ફ્રેન્ચાઇઝીઓમાં, મેરિયોટ ઇન્ટરનેશનલ પાસે છે 181,377 રૂમના 1,499 પ્રોજેક્ટ્સ છે.

THE U.S. HOTEL construction pipeline grew 9 percent by both projects and rooms year-over-year, according to the latest U.S. Construction Pipeline Trend Report from Lodging Econometrics. It stood at 5,545 projects with 658,207 rooms at the close of the first quarter of 2023.

Meanwhile, the hotel construction pipeline in the top 25 markets in the U.S. also registered year-over-year growth in the first quarter.  Dallas had a record 184 projects with 21,810 rooms at the close of the first quarter, followed by Atlanta with 144 projects containing 18,242 rooms, Los Angeles tally stood at 118 projects with 19,066 rooms, Phoenix with 117 projects with 16,100 rooms and Nashville had 115 projects containing 15, 354 rooms, LE report revealed.

In another report, LE analysts also detailed the leading franchise companies and their brands in the construction pipeline at the close of the first quarter. Marriott International tops the charts with 1,499 projects containing 181,377 rooms, followed closely by Hilton Worldwide, with a record-high count of 1,436 projects with 161,359 rooms, and then InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) with 809 projects containing 80,679 rooms. Combined, these three franchise companies comprise 68 percent of the projects in the total U.S. pipeline, LE said.

Total projects tally

Project totals for the first quarter are just 338 projects, or 5.7 percent, behind the all-time high of 5,883 projects recorded in the second quarter of 2008, LE said in the report.  At the close of the first quarter, projects currently under construction stand at 1,051 projects with 140,365 rooms, each showing 9 percent growth YOY.

Projects scheduled to start construction in the next 12 months are at 2,060 projects with 241,568 rooms, each up 8 percent YOY. Projects in the early planning stage account for 44 percent of the projects in the total U.S. construction pipeline in the first quarter. Early planning projects increased 10 percent YOY, setting an all-time high of 2,434 projects with 276,274 rooms.

Boon for growth

According to the report, this is the fourth consecutive quarter of total pipeline growth for the U.S., which can be, in part, attributed to the robust recovery of travel demand.

“Increased consumer confidence and spending activity has fueled strong occupancy and rate growth throughout the last 12 months as well,” LE analysts said. “Developers are motivated to sign new projects anticipating more favorable financing conditions in the coming quarters. Owners are eager to wrap up existing brand conversion and renovation projects, which have been a substantial focus for many quarters now.”

LE analysts said the U.S. hotel construction pipeline is expected to grow modestly or just incrementally through 2023. “There are no growth spikes expected this year. The pipeline is back loaded, meaning there is ample opportunity for vendors/suppliers in the industry, and third party management companies,” the report further added.

At the first quarter close, 62 percent of projects in the total pipeline are concentrated within the upscale and upper-midscale chain scales, the analysts said. “These two chain scales continue to dominate the pipeline and that is not expected to change anytime soon.”

STR’s recent U.S. hotel construction data also projected confidence in the future of business travel. STR said the hotel property types most associated with business travel, upper upscale hotels, are well represented in the U.S. hotel construction pipeline.

Renovation boom

According to LE, renovation and brand conversion activity in the U.S. continues to boom in early 2023, reaching record project counts of 1,953 hotels/253,533 rooms, for a 38 percent YOY increase by projects and a 37 percent YOY increase by rooms.

LE expects renovation and conversion activity to continue into 2023 as owners spend to bring their hotels into alignment with current brand standards or look elsewhere for new brand identification.

A total of 103 new hotels with 11,762 rooms opened in the U.S. in the first quarter. For the remainder of the year, LE forecasts another 493 new hotel projects with 59,355 rooms to open, representing a combined 1.3 percent supply growth rate in 2023.

LE analysts expect the upward growth in new hotel openings to continue with an additional 699 new hotel projects with 81,574 rooms anticipated to open in 2024, for a 1.4 percent supply increase.

Key markets

According to LE, markets with the greatest number of projects already under construction are New York with 54 projects containing 8,682 rooms, Atlanta with 26 projects with 4,278 rooms, and the Inland Empire with 26 projects with 2,584 rooms.

Dallas has 25 projects containing 3,739 rooms, while Phoenix has 24 projects with 5,155 rooms projects presently under construction, LE report said. “Dallas has the most projects scheduled to start in the next 12 months with 70 projects containing 8,076 rooms, followed by Atlanta with 61 projects with 7,464 rooms, Los Angeles with 45 projects with 6,894 rooms, Phoenix with 45 projects with 5,472 rooms, and then the Inland Empire with 41 projects having 4,173 rooms.”

Nationally, early planning projects and room counts hit a new all-time high in the first quarter with 2,434 projects containing 276,274 rooms. Year-over-year, the Top 25 markets in the U.S., as a group, have seen a 10 percent growth in early planning projects, LE report added.

The markets with the most projects in early planning at the close of the first quarter are again led by Dallas with 89 projects with 9,995 rooms, followed by Nashville with 59 projects containing 7,182 rooms, Atlanta with 57 projects with 6,500 rooms, Los Angeles with 56 projects with 9,433 rooms, and Phoenix with 48 projects containing 5,473 rooms.

Meanwhile, the markets with the largest count of combined renovation and conversion projects are Atlanta with 41 projects containing 4,427 rooms, Houston with 38 projects with 3,969 rooms, Chicago with 34 projects having 4,572 rooms, Dallas with 31 projects with 3,807 rooms, then San Diego with 28 projects containing 4,238 rooms, LE said.

New launches rise

According to the report, new project announcements have been slow to return to pre-pandemic project counts. However, construction starts in the total U.S. pipeline rose 20 percent by projects and 30 percent by rooms year-over-year

In the first quarter, Nashville has the highest number of new projects announced into the pipeline with 14 projects with 1,847 rooms. Dallas follows with 11 projects with 1,576 rooms, then Atlanta with 10 projects containing 1,146 rooms, Austin with 9 projects with 1,201 rooms, and Phoenix with nine projects containing 885 rooms.

LE is forecasting the top 50 markets to open 319 new hotels with 42,743 rooms in 2023. LE analysts anticipate that new hotel openings will continue to rise within the top 50 U.S. markets, forecasting 327 new hotels containing 43,525 rooms to open through 2024.

In the 2023 forecast, LE analysts expect New York to lead with the highest number of new hotels to open with 43 accounting for 7,219 rooms, followed by Dallas with 14 new hotel projects with 2,268 rooms, and the Inland Empire with 14 new hotels containing 1,377 rooms.

For 2024, LE analysts forecast the Inland Empire to open the most new hotels, with 22 new hotel projects containing 2,191 rooms expected to open. Further, Atlanta is forecasted to open 21 new hotel projects with 3,356 rooms in 2024, then Dallas with 18 new hotel projects containing 1,973 rooms.

Marriot leads

Marriott International has the most projects and room counts in each stage of the pipeline at Q1, with 279 projects containing 38,156 rooms currently under construction, 763 projects with 90,038 rooms scheduled to start construction in the next 12 months, and 457 projects with 53,183 rooms are in early planning stage, LE said in its report.

The leading brands by project count for the three companies with the largest pipelines in the U.S. at Q1 are Home2 Suites by Hilton Worldwide with all-time highs by projects and rooms of 546 projects containing 56,001 rooms, Marriott’s TownePlace Suites, also reaching all-time highs by projects and rooms at Q1, with 333 projects with 31,068 rooms, and IHG’s Holiday Inn Express brand with 301 projects containing 28,371 rooms. These three brands collectively represent 21 percent of the projects in the total U.S. hotel construction pipeline at the close of first quarter, LE report added.

LE recorded record-high conversion pipeline totals of 1,079 projects with 110,084 rooms for the U.S. in the first quarter of 2023. Of these conversion totals, Hilton had the most conversion projects and room totals ever recorded by LE with 105 projects containing 14,456 rooms, similarly, Marriott had a record 100 conversion projects, accounting for 13,465 rooms, and IHG had 52 conversion projects with 6,2543 rooms. These three franchise companies account for 31 percent of all the rooms in the conversion pipeline across the country.

According to LE, the franchise companies with the greatest number of new project announcements in the first quarter were: Hilton with 110 projects containing 11,790 rooms, Marriott with 61 projects with 6,730 rooms, and IHG with 33 projects containing 3,103 rooms. These companies represent 60 percent of all new projects announced in the U.S. in Q1 2023.

In the first quarter of 2023, Marriott opened 33 new hotels with 3,711 rooms. Hilton opened 24 new hotels with 2,781 rooms, and IHG opened six new hotels with 629 rooms. The LE forecast for new hotel openings in 2023 anticipates that Marriott will open a total of 152 new hotel projects with 19,064 rooms by year-end, Hilton is forecasted to open 141 new hotel projects with 16,980 rooms in 2023, and IHG is expected to open 88 new hotel projects with 9,975 rooms. These three franchise companies collectively account for 64 and 65 percent, respectively, of new hotel projects and rooms forecast to open in 2023, LE added.