LE: Global early-planning-stage projects reach record highs in ’22

According to the Lodging Econometrics (LE) year-end 2022 Global Construction Pipeline Trend Report, the total global construction pipeline stood at 14,267 projects, a 4% increase year-over-year (YOY), with 2,298,846 rooms. The global pipeline has remained relatively flat for three consecutive years, following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, after reaching peak project and room counts in Q4 2019. However, three of the seven world regions tracked by LE— the U.S., Canada and Asia-Pacific—continue to have pipelines trending upward YOY. The remaining regions stayed largely unchanged by project counts YOY.

At the close of Q4 2022, there were 6,035 projects/1,091,929 rooms under construction worldwide, down 1% by projects and 4% by rooms YOY. Projects scheduled to start construction in the next 12 months stood at 3,591 projects/510,969 rooms, up 1% by projects YOY and down 1% by rooms YOY. Project and room counts in the early planning stage were at all-time highs with 4,641 projects/695,948 rooms, up 13% by projects and 7% by rooms YOY. Also of note, conversions and renovations around the world reached peak project counts at the close of 2022. Conversion counts stood at 1,751 projects/214,880 rooms, up 21% by projects and 13% by rooms YOY, while renovations closed the quarter at 1,241 projects/212,219 rooms, up 64% by projects and 42% by rooms YOY.

The top countries for new hotel construction by project count at Q4 2022 were led by the U.S. with 5,465 projects/650,626 rooms, and China with 3,581 projects/675,074 rooms. These two countries account for 63% of the projects in the total global construction pipeline, with the U.S. claiming 38% of the projects and China accounting for 25%. Distantly following were India with 383 projects/47,539 rooms, the U.K. with 295 projects/43,332 rooms and Canada with 267 projects/35,758 rooms.

The top five cities with the largest construction pipeline totals at the Q4 2022 close were in the U.S. and China. Those include Dallas with record project counts of 176 projects/20,790 rooms; Atlanta with 145 projects/18,100 rooms; Chengdu, China, with 132 projects/26,891 rooms; Los Angeles with 122 projects/19,419 rooms; and Shanghai with 117 projects/22,539 rooms.

The leading franchise companies in the global construction pipeline by project count at the 2 close of Q4 were Marriott International with 2,656 projects/429,007 rooms; Hilton with 2,661 projects/384,498 rooms; IHG Hotels & Resorts with 1,736 projects/257,145 rooms; Accor with 932 projects/163,955 rooms; and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts with 722 projects/95,766 rooms. These five companies account for 61% of all projects in the global pipeline.

The brands with the greatest number of projects in the pipeline for each of these companies were Hilton’s upper-midscale Hampton by Hilton brands with 770 projects/100,246 rooms; IHG’s upper-midscale Holiday Inn Express with 598 projects/74,729 rooms; Marriott’s upper-midscale Fairfield Inn with 349 projects/42,596 rooms; Accor’s midscale and economy Ibis brands with 254 projects/31,657 rooms; and the upper-midscale La Quinta brand by Wyndham with 135 projects/11,363 rooms.

Throughout 2022, a total of 1,842 new hotels/284,814 rooms opened worldwide, with 469 hotels and 77,018 rooms opened in the fourth quarter. LE analysts forecast that 2,480 new hotels, accounting for 380,736 rooms, will open in 2023 and another 2,707 new hotels/416,173 rooms are forecast to open by year-end 2024.