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PORTSMOUTH, NH—According to Lodging Econometrics, the total construction pipeline in Canada currently has 228 projects/30,875 rooms, up 11 percent by projects year-over-year (YOY).

There are 80 projects/11,076 rooms under construction, up 13 percent by projects YOY. Projects scheduled to start construction in the next 12 months are at 87 projects/10,215 rooms, up 26 percent, while those in early planning are at 61 projects/9,584 rooms, down 8 percent.

The top hotel companies in Canada’s construction pipeline by projects are: Marriott with 47 projects/7,121 rooms, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) with 35 projects/3,644 rooms, and Hilton with 32 projects/3,705 rooms. The largest brands in the pipeline for each of these companies are: Courtyard by Marriott with 10 projects/1,468 rooms, IHG’s Holiday Inn Express with 23 projects/2,402 rooms, and Hilton’s Hampton Inn & Suites with 10 projects/1,058 rooms.

Cities in Canada with the largest pipelines are: Toronto with 31 projects/4,492 rooms, Calgary with 14 projects/2,206 rooms, and Edmonton with 12 projects/1,825 rooms.

Recruiting and retaining top talent is a pressing issue for hoteliers across the United States. AHLA estimates that the industry has some 600,000 hospitality jobs that need to be filled. To help address this labor shortage, the industry is turning to apprenticeship programs to train and hone the skills of the next generation of hospitality professionals. For National Apprenticeship Week, which runs through Sunday, Nov. 19, AHLA committed to providing $50,000 in grants to community-based organizations to recruit and develop “Opportunity Youth” in Baltimore—those between the ages of 16 and 24 who are out of work and out of school. Read more about this initiative here.

This Week’s Comings and Goings

Posted by Lodging Staff on November 16, 2017

Lila Hedlund has been promoted to vice president of human resource operations for Concord Hospitality. Hedland joined Concord in 2009, and worked in a variety of human resource positions before earning her promotion. Hedland began her hospitality career with Marriott International opening hotels and training in operations.

For a look at other notable comings and goings that took place this week, click here.

According to recent reports from Lodging Econometrics (LE), there are 1,295 extended-stay projects/136,945 rooms in the U.S. hotel construction pipeline. Currently, 438 projects/48,903 rooms are under construction, accounting for 28 percent of all projects under construction in the total pipeline. Projects scheduled to start construction in the next 12 months total 609 projects/64,359 rooms, while an additional 248 projects/23,683 rooms are in early planning stages.

Home2 Suites by Hilton currently has the largest extended-stay pipeline with 348 projects/36,439 rooms. The second largest brand is Marriott’s Residence Inn with 189 projects/23,605 rooms, followed by Towneplace Suites with 183 projects/18,590 rooms.

In 2016, 224 extended-stay hotels and 24,196 extended-stay rooms opened. At the end of 2017, 241 extended-stay projects/26,640 rooms are expected to open. In 2018, that’s expected to jump to 322 projects/34,696 rooms and in 2019, 340 projects/37,043 rooms are forecasted.

PORTSMOUTH, NH—Analysts at Lodging Econometrics report that the number of upper midscale hotel projects stands at 2,066 with a total of 205,330 rooms—the largest project count of all chain scales in the total U.S. construction pipeline. The second largest is the upscale category which has 1,274 projects/164,628 rooms. Together, the upper midscale and upscale pipelines comprise 67 percent of all projects in the total pipeline.

The hotel brands with the largest number of projects in upper midscale segment are: IHG’s Holiday Inn Express with 442 projects/41,053 rooms; Hilton’s Home2 Suites 348 projects/36,439 rooms; Hilton’s Hampton Inn & Suites with 324 projects/33,627 rooms; and Marriott’s Fairfield Inn with 284 projects/27,411 rooms.

In the upscale segment, the top brands are: Marriott’s Residence Inn with 189 projects/23,605 rooms; Marriott’s SpringHill Suites with 157 projects/17,795 rooms; Hilton Garden Inn with 136 projects/18,237 rooms; and Courtyard by Marriott with 133 projects/17,308 rooms.

The number of hotels that are currently open and operating in this segment stands at 9,894 upper midscale hotels with a total of 972,115 rooms and 4,850 upscale hotels with a total of 732,131 rooms. These two chain scales are forecasted to have the highest guestroom growth rates through 2018. The upper midscale chain scale is forecasted to grow its guestroom count by 4.7 percent and upscale by 5.0 percent in 2017, and by 5.2 percent and 5.4 percent in 2018, respectively.

The New York Times reports that TripAdvisor has begun adding symbols next to hotels and resorts where guests have reported incidents of sexual assault and other health, safety, and discrimination issues. Decisions to add or remove a badge will be made by TripAdvisor employees, a company spokesperson told the New York Times. Click here for more.

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