Global Hotel Construction Hit a Record High at the End of 2018

hotel Construction Pipeline - October 2019

PORTSMOUTH, N.H.—Lodging Econometrics (LE) has released its year-end Global Construction Pipeline Trend Report, which compiles the construction pipeline counts for every country and market around the world. At the close of 2018, LE analysts found that the total global construction pipeline hit record highs with 13,573 projects totaling 2,265,792 rooms, a 7 percent increase in projects and a 6 percent increase in rooms year-over-year (YOY).

The global pipeline has been ascending for eight consecutive years after reaching its cyclical low in 2010. All regional pipelines, with the exception of South America, continued their upward trend YOY. Despite declining economic growth rates in 2018 and a forecast of slow growth in 2019 and 2020, four of the seven global regions reached all-time highs in 2018: Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Asia Pacific.

There are a record-high 6,352 projects/1,172,591 rooms currently under construction worldwide. The number of projects scheduled to start construction in the next 12 months totals 3,860 projects/572,483 rooms. The number of projects in early planning stages stands at 3,361rooms/520,718 projects—also an all-time high.


The United States accounts for 41 percent of hotel projects in the total global construction pipeline while China accounts for 20 percent.

The top countries by project count are the United States with 5,530 projects/669,456 rooms—still short of its all-time high of 5,883 projects/785,547 rooms set in the second quarter of 2008. China follows, with 2,761 projects/580,635 rooms—a new all-time high. The United States accounts for 41 percent of hotel projects in the total global construction pipeline while China accounts for 20 percent. Distantly following are Indonesia with 387 projects/65,405 rooms, Germany with 283 projects/52,569 rooms, and the United Kingdom with 266 projects/38,590 rooms.

Around the world, the cities with the largest pipelines are New York City with 171 projects/29,457 rooms, Dubai with 168 projects/49,943 rooms, Dallas with 163 projects/19,476 rooms, Los Angeles with 147 projects/23,404 rooms, and Guangzhou, China with 132 projects/28,694 rooms.

The leading franchise companies in the global construction pipeline by project count are Marriott International with 2,544 projects/420,405 rooms, Hilton Worldwide with 2,252 projects/333,209 rooms, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) with 1,716 projects/249,379 rooms, and Accor with 966 projects/177,052 rooms. These four companies account for 55 percent of all projects in the global pipeline.

Brands leading in the pipeline for each of these companies are Marriott’s Fairfield Inn with 397 projects/43,089 rooms, Hampton by Hilton with 619 projects/79,591 rooms, IHG’s Holiday Inn Express with 731 projects/91,691 rooms, and Accor’s Ibis Brands with 321 projects/48,368 rooms.