PORTSMOUTH, NH—Analysts at Lodging Econometrics report that hotels in the upper midscale category have the largest project count of all chain scales in the total U.S. construction pipeline—2,060 projects with a total of 205,270 rooms. The second largest category is upscale hotels with 1,258 projects and a total of 162,609 rooms. Together, the upper midscale and upscale hotel construction projects comprise 67 percent of the total hotel construction pipeline in the U.S.
The brands with the largest number of projects in the upper midscale category are IHG’s Holiday Inn Express with 426 projects/39,393 rooms, Hilton’s Home2 Suites with 343 projects/35,845 rooms, and Hampton Inn with 322 projects/33,109 rooms. In the upscale category, the top hotel brands are Marriott’s Residence Inn and SpringHill Suites with 187 projects/23,617 rooms and 149 projects/17,182 rooms, respectively, followed by Hilton’s Garden Inn with 134 projects/17,734 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 4.9 percent and the upscale category by 5.4 percent in 2017. In 2018, the expected guestroom growth is 5.3 percent for upper midscale and 5.6 percent for upscale.
Pests in the fall are different than other seasonal infestations–bugs, rodents, and the like are trying to find a home for the winter. Hotels should begin preparing for colder weather now, before they find themselves in a sticky situation. Materials such as stainless steel can securely seal a hole or entry way more permanently than foam or steel wool, keeping pests out for a longer duration of time. Hoteliers should also examine trees and plants surrounding the property to catch any forming infestations of bugs or rodents that like to hide in those areas. To read more about building up a property’s defenses against fall pests, click here.
At the heels of Hurricane Harvey, a second powerful storm is expected to reach Florida this weekend. As Miami shutters businesses and residents prepare for evacuations, hotels’ doors remain wide open for evacuees and others looking to wait out the storm. The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association released disaster preparation guidelines for members to get ready for the hurricane and aide in emergency response efforts. Those include making plans, informing travelers, offering more flexible pet and cancellation policies to accommodate evacuees, and reporting price gouging. Read more about the recommended steps for hoteliers to prepare their properties for Hurricane Irma here.
The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation has awarded nearly $1 million to 372 scholarship recipients so far this year. The undergraduate and graduate students were enrolled in a hospitality degree-granting program at an American university and received awards ranging from $500 to $6,000. Read more.
Andrew Nasskau has been promoted to vice president of operations and development for Hard Rock International. Formerly area VP of operations, Nasskau primarily worked with European, African, Indian, and Middle Eastern hotels in the Hard Rock portfolio. For more of this week’s comings and goings, click here.
PORTSMOUTH, NH—According to the recent U.S. Construction Pipeline Trend Report from Lodging Econometrics, the franchise companies with the largest pipelines are Marriott (1,288 projects/166,096 rooms), Hilton (1,243 projects/140,912 rooms), and IHG (817 projects/84,676 rooms). These three franchise companies comprise 67 percent of all projects in the total hotel pipeline.
The largest brand for each of these companies is Marriott’s Fairfield Inn (283 projects/27,244 rooms), Hilton’s Home2 Suites (343 projects/35,845 rooms), and IHG’s Holiday Inn Express (426 projects/39,393 rooms).
The companies that added the most hotel projects to the pipeline in the first half of 2017 are Marriott (90 projects/11,085 rooms), IHG (73 projects/7,025 rooms), and Hilton (59 projects/6,097 rooms). These companies represent 62 percent of all the new projects that were announced.