China's hotel construction pipeline grows, but not steep

Hampton Inn Chengdu Shuangnan Hilton, Chengdu, China. Photo credit: Hilton(Image: Hilton)

China's total construction pipeline currently has 2,481 hotel projects with 546,424 guestrooms, up 2 percent year-over-year, according to a report from Lodging Econometrics.

There are 1,725 hotel projects with 368,927 guestrooms under construction, up less than 1 percent by projects YOY. However, the country's total number of hotel projects scheduled to begin construction within the next 12 months jumped 27 percent by project YOY with 410 hotel projects and 86,995 guestrooms. Meanwhile, there are 346 projects with 90,502 guestrooms the early planning stage, down 13 percent from last year's numbers.

Shanghai is the city with the largest hotel pipeline in China with 129 projects and 25,750 guestrooms. Guangzhou ranked second with 106 hotel projects and 25,481 guestrooms. Chengdu has the third largest pipeline with 89 hotel projects and 19,723 guestrooms. Hangzhou follows Chengdu with 77 hotel projects and 17,255 guestrooms. Suzhou has 75 hotel projects with 14,713 guestrooms while the capital of Beijing has 68 hotel projects with 11,551 guestrooms in the pipeline for the country. 

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The top hotel company in China’s construction pipeline by project count is Hilton with 347 projects and 80,532 guestrooms. InterContinental Hotels Group follows with 296 hotel projects and 71,191 guestrooms. Marriott International has the third largest construction pipeline in the country with 283 hotel projects and 79,018 guestrooms while AccorHotels Group has 141 hotel projects and 26,756 guestrooms.

Hilton's Hampton Inn & Suites is the brand with the largest construction pipeline in China with 164 hotel projects and 25,503 guestrooms. IHG’s Holiday Inn Express has the second largest construction pipeline there with 131 projects and 25,194 guestrooms. Marriott’s full-service hotel follows with 63 projects and 19,361 guestrooms. Accor’s Ibis ranks last with 47 hotel projects and 5,041 guestrooms in the country's pipeline.