Aug
26

U.S. Hotel Industry is Approaching a Construction Boom

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construction reflectionThe hotel industry in the United States is back into a construction mode. According to Lodging Econometrics, the U.S. development pipeline included 4,038 hotels with 507,221 rooms at the end of the second quarter. That’s an increase of more than 20 percent in both properties and rooms over the second quarter of 2014.

Nearly 70 percent of rooms in the development pipeline are either under construction (146,743 rooms) or will start construction within the next 12 months (198,506).

“There’s no question there’s more construction going on,” said Chris Nassetta, president and CEO of Hilton Worldwide Holdings, during a second-quarter earnings call with analysts. “Not just in hotels, but across the board there’s more infrastructure spending going on. You’re also seeing construction in other areas of real estate and home building is picking up.”

During the second quarter, Hilton approved 24,000 new rooms for development, and the company’s development pipeline included 1,510 hotels with more than 250,000 rooms. A little bit less than half the rooms in the Hilton pipeline are in the U.S.

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