While many eyes in the industry are focused on China’s outbound hotel investment, China’s cities are also attracting development from global brands.
According to the latest reports from Lodging Econometrics, the cities with the largest pipelines are Shanghai with 109 projects and 22,071 rooms, Guangzhou with 107 projects and 20,195 rooms. Chengdu and Suzhou are tied for third place with 88 projects each, but Chengdu has 23,582 rooms in its pipeline while Suzhou has 16,959 rooms.
The leading franchise companies in China’s Pipeline are: Marriott International with 232 projects and 67,697 rooms, Hilton Worldwide with 228 projects and 62,397 rooms and InterContinental Hotels Group with 218 projects and 60,252 rooms.
As a result of the Marriott/Starwood merger, 10 percent of China’s pipeline will fall under one of Marriott’s 30 brands.
The leading brand for each of China’s top three franchise companies are Marriott with 50 projects and 16,024 rooms, Hilton with 64 projects and 22,792 rooms and IHG’s Holiday Inn Express with 64 projects and 14,480 rooms.