Lodging Econometrics: These four companies lead the world's hotel pipeline

(Opened in 2001, the seven-story, 133-room hotel recently underwent a full renovation, upgrading the entire property to latest brand standards.)

According to Lodging Econometrics, the four leading franchise companies in the global hotel construction pipeline by project-count are: Marriott International with 2,021 projects and 347,544 rooms, Hilton Worldwide with 1,733 projects and 267,788 rooms, InterContinental Hotels Group with 1,343 projects and 207,806 rooms and Choice Hotels with 487 projects and 43,381 rooms.

The leading brand for each of these top global franchise companies are: IHG’s Holiday Inn Express with 607 projects and 73,584 rooms, Hilton’s Hampton Inn with 478 projects and 55,737 rooms, Marriott’s Fairfield Inn with 299 projects and 31,603 rooms and Choice’s Comfort Inn with 114 projects and 10,752 rooms.