China leads global hotel pipeline with 139,193 guestrooms

WORLDWIDE China’s active hotel development pipeline is the largest in the world, exceeding the respective pipelines of the entire regions of Europe and the Middle East, according to new data from STR Global.

China’s pipeline of 139,139 guestrooms—including 98,515 in the construction phase—surpasses the Middle East’s 126,273 guestrooms under development.

All told, the pipeline in Asia Pacific comprises 1,029 hotels totaling 256,060 guestrooms, with India contributing the bulk of the rest of the pipeline—46,562 guestrooms, more than half of which are in construction.

Among the key city markets in Asia Pacific, Shanghai, ended July with the most guestrooms in the total active pipeline (13,980), more than 80% of which are in construction. Bangkok, reported 9,642 guestrooms in development, followed by New Delhi, with 7,399 guestrooms.

In Asia Pacific, the upper-upscale and upscale segments combined for more half of total pipeline inventory, while the midscale without food and beverage segment made up just 2.4% of the pipeline.

The Europe hotel development pipeline comprises 678 hotels totaling 118,126 guestrooms, with 314 of those projects in the construction stage. About 40% of Europe’s hotel projects are in the upscale or upper-upscale segments. Most of Europe’s development activity is occurring in the UK, with 26,653 guestrooms in the pipeline, followed by Germany (16,825) and Russia (16,067).

Among Europe’s city markets, London leads the way with 8,072 guestrooms in the pipeline. Other cities with more than 3,000 guestrooms in development include Berlin (4,095), Moscow (3,999) and Vienna (3,256).

The Middle East and Africa region counts 455 hotels and 126,273 guestrooms in the active pipeline, led by the UAE and its 55,165 guestrooms under development. Saudi Arabia follows with 17,283 guestrooms in the pipeline. Dubai is the region’s leading city for development, with 32,686 guestrooms, more than half currently in construction.