Analysts at Lodging Econometrics (LE) reported that at the close of the first quarter of 2020, the top five U.S. markets with the largest total hotel construction pipelines are: Los Angeles with 166 projects/27,752 rooms, Dallas with 164 projects/19,999 rooms, New York City with 152 projects/26,111 rooms, Atlanta with 143 projects/19,423 rooms, and Houston with 132 projects/13,316 rooms.
Nationally, under-construction project counts hit a new all-time high with 1,819 projects with 243,100 rooms. Markets with the greatest number of projects already in the ground are led by New York City with 108 projects/18,434 rooms. Atlanta follows with 48 projects/6,002 rooms, and then Dallas with 46 projects/5,603 rooms, Los Angeles with 43 projects/6,851 rooms, and Orlando with 39 projects/9,394 rooms. Collectively, these five markets account for 16 percent of the total number of projects under construction in the U.S.
In the first quarter, Dallas had the highest number of new projects announced into the pipeline with 13 projects/1,461 rooms. Washington D.C. follows with eight projects/1,145 rooms, then Phoenix with eight projects/904 rooms, Los Angeles with seven projects/1,103 rooms, and Atlanta with seven projects/774 rooms.
The majority of hotels across America are experiencing an extreme decrease in occupancy, and some have closed temporarily. Many companies are using this time to complete updates, plan or start renovations, or reposition their assets. LE recorded renovation and conversion totals of 1,385 active projects/232,288 rooms in the first quarter of 2020. The markets with the largest count of renovation and conversion projects combined are Chicago with 32 projects/5,565 rooms, Washington, DC with 26 projects/5,491 rooms, Los Angeles with 26 projects/4,271 rooms, New York City with 21 projects/8,151 rooms, and San Diego with 21 projects/4,456 rooms.
Analysts noted that COVID-19 did not have a full impact on first quarter U.S. results reported by LE. Only the last 30 days of the quarter were affected.
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