Top Franchise Companies and Brands in the U.S. Construction Pipeline

According to the recent United States Construction Pipeline Trend Report from Lodging Econometrics (LE), the franchise companies with the largest construction pipelines are:

  1. Marriott with 1,383 projects/177,926 rooms
  2. Hilton with 1,337 projects/149,075 rooms
  3. IHG with 923 projects/94,296 rooms

These 3 franchise companies make up 69 percent of all projects in the total U.S. hotel pipeline.

The largest brands for each of these companies are: Marriott’s Fairfield Inn with 293 projects/28,418 rooms and TownePlace Suites with 206 projects/21,193 rooms; Hilton’s Home2 Suites with 377 projects/39,474 rooms and Hampton Inn & Suites with 316 projects/32,132 rooms; and IHG’s Holiday Inn Express with 438 projects/40,657 rooms—the largest brand pipeline in the country—and Staybridge Suites with 139 projects/14,740 rooms.


By the close of 2018, Marriott is forecasted to open 348 projects/43,415 rooms, Hilton is set to open 296 projects/33,171 rooms, and IHG expects 172 projects/18,031 rooms to open. Marriott also leads in new openings for 2019 with 336 projects/42,286 rooms, Hilton is anticipating 281 projects/30,983 rooms to open next year, and IHG is expecting 230 projects/22,807 rooms to open in 2019.