Industry Update
Performance14 May 2019

STR: Middle East up, Africa down in hotel construction

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Smith Travel Research

STR's April 2019 pipeline data showed 424 hotel projects accounting for 125,052 rooms in construction in the Middle East and 141 projects and 25,056 rooms in construction in Africa.

The Middle East total represented a 9.3% year-over-year increase in the number of rooms in the final phase of the development pipeline. The Middle East reported an additional 30,203 rooms in the final planning stage and 45,991 rooms in planning.

The Africa total room construction total was down 7.1% year over year. Africa also showed 13,854 rooms in final planning and 26,534 rooms in planning.

Between the Middle East and Africa, four countries showed more than 4,000 rooms under construction. United Arab Emirates led with 56,701 rooms, which represented 33.6% of the country's existing supply, followed by Saudi Arabia (42,571 rooms, 42.9% of existing supply).

1. United Arab Emirates: 56,701 rooms (33.6%)
2. Saudi Arabia: 42,571 rooms (42.9%)
3. Qatar: 13,086 rooms (47.8%)
4. Oman: 4,129 rooms (21.7%)

About STR

STR provides premium data benchmarking, analytics and marketplace insights for global hospitality sectors. Founded in 1985, STR maintains a presence in 15 countries with a corporate North American headquarters in Hendersonville, Tennessee, an international headquarters in London, and an Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore. STR was acquired in October 2019 by CoStar Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSGP), the leading provider of commercial real estate information, analytics and online marketplaces. For more information, please visit and

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