The New York City Market is Back on Top and Leads the U.S. Hotel Construction Pipeline
In the recent U.S. Construction Pipeline Trend Report released by Lodging Econometrics (LE), at the close the fourth quarter of 2020 and after more than 6 quarters since leading all U.S. markets in the number of pipeline projects, New York City has regained top billing again with 150 projects/25,640 rooms. Other U.S. markets that follow are Los Angeles with 148 projects/24,808 rooms; Dallas with 147 projects/17,756 rooms; Atlanta with 140 projects/19,863 rooms, recording a record-high number of rooms; and Orlando with 112 projects/19,764 rooms, a record-high pipeline project count for the market.
Despite the impact COVID-19 has had on hotel development, there are four markets in the U.S. that announced more than 10 new construction projects in Q4 '20. Those markets include Miami with 18 projects accounting for 2,756 rooms, Orlando with 18 projects/4,806 rooms, New York with 17 projects/2,700 rooms, and Atlanta with 11 projects/1,843 rooms.
LE has also seen an increase in announced renovation and brand conversion activity throughout the last few quarters. At year-end 2020, there were 1,308 projects/210,124 rooms in the U.S. undergoing a renovation or conversion. Of the 1,308 renovation and conversion projects, 625 of those are in the top 50 markets. There are nine markets in the U.S. that currently have more than 20 renovation and conversion projects underway. That is led by Los Angeles with 28 projects, followed by Phoenix, Washington DC, Houston, Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, New York, and Norfolk.
The top 50 markets saw 399 hotels/52,581 rooms open in 2020. LE is forecasting these same 50 markets to open another 509 projects/66,475 rooms in 2021, and 575 projects/71,025 rooms in 2022.
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