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Lodging Econometrics Q2 2012 U.S. Lodging Report Reveals Development Trends
Are On The Rise with 1,180 New Project Announcements in the Pipeline

September 2012 - Like the slow but steady expansion in the overall economy and the improvement in Lodging Industry operating statistics, a period of moderate growth in Pipeline metrics has been underway for a while.




In Q2 2012, Total Hotels Under Construction is at 525 projects/ 66,917 rooms.  Room counts are up from the bottom of 387 projects/ 49,028 rooms for the fourth consecutive quarter, signaling that the industry has entered the early stages of a new real estate growth cycle.
 
The annualized four-quarter trend line for Construction Starts at 555 projects/ 64,351 rooms is up from the bottom for the sixth consecutive quarter and is at its highest level in 10 quarters.  The uptick in Construction Starts is due largely to the commencement of previously stalled projects in the pipeline while developers were awaiting evidence of a sustained operating recovery.



 
The most significant indicator of future Pipeline growth is New Project Announcements (NPAs).  At 1,180 projects/ 147,447 rooms, the annualized four-quarter trend line is up from the previous cyclical bottom for the third consecutive quarter and is at the highest level in six quarters.
 
Brand Conversions are slowly increasing, as well.  The annualized four-quarter trend line at 444 projects/ 53,091 rooms is up from the bottom for the eighth consecutive quarter and is at a 13 quarter high.
 
Based on current construction trends, these pipeline metrics support LE’s initial Forecast for New Hotel Openings in 2014 of 446 projects/ 48,335 rooms.  This is a 31% room count increase and the first substantial upturn from the bottom of 346 projects/ 37,200 rooms set in 2011.
 
Looking Ahead
Following the bottom of a previous real estate cycle, a fundamental improvement in developer sentiment is necessary to begin a new cycle.  Confidence is rekindled when developers conclude that an improving economy is not likely to fall back into recession and that lodging demand has turned around sufficiently to minimize any risk of a major reversal.  These thresholds have been reached in the last two years, and the nascent beginnings of a new real estate cycle have begun to take shape.
 
When discussing industry growth patterns, modest and measured growth can often create impatience and frustration.  For sure, recovery in the Lodging Industry has been slower than hoped for, but none-the-less, improvements are solid.  LE expects that both ADR and RevPAR will exceed previous cycle highs in 2013, perhaps Occupancy too, but if not, then in 2014.
 
It’s LE’s expectation that once the election season is over the administration will be able to build a bi-partisan political consensus to ensure that job growth policies are at the top of the nation’s agenda.  Job growth is the key to improving consumer spending, which is necessary to trigger investment by the business community.  That will then spur further lodging demand and propel hotel development forward at a faster pace, well into the middle of the decade.

About Lodging Econometrics

Launched in 1995 with the encouragement of Wall Street analysts and many Lodging Industry leaders, Lodging Econometrics (LE) is the recognized authority on all hotel real estate including the Development Pipeline and the Sale and Transfer of Lodging Real Estate nationwide. LE also compiles and maintains the Industry's Census of Open and Operating Hotels including the Names of Owners & Management for more than 60,000 hotels in the U.S. and Canada.

Contact: 

Lodging Econometrics
500 Market Street, Suite 13,
Portsmouth, NH 03801 USA
p: +1 603-431-8740
Email: info@lodgingeconometrics.com

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Also See: Lodging Econometrics Fall 2011 US Lodging Real Estate Trends Report Shows Financing Constraints Continue to Impede Project Migration Toward Construction - Projects Build up in Early Planning as Developers Schedule Market Entry for 2014 or Later / November 2011

Lodging Econometrics Report for Europe, Middle East and Africa Shows Economic and Financing Concerns Impede Pipeline Project Migration; Saudi Arabia Emerging as a Development Hotspot / September 2011

Lodging Econometrics Reports Latin America Pipeline Increases 14%, the 6th Consecutive Quarter of Increases; Development Continues to Rebound in South & Central America / August 2011

Lodging Econometrics Reports its Forecast for New Hotel Openings for 2013 at 409 Hotels/39,162 Rooms - Expects Net Supply Growth of Just 0.6%-0.8% for Each of the Next Three Years / August 2011

U.S. Transaction Prices Continue To Accelerate As Cap Rates Are At Pre-Recession Lows During Q1 2011; Average Selling Price at Record High of $125,946 Per Room, a 30% YoY Increase from Q1 2010’s $97,084 per room / June 2011

A Declining Pipeline Points to a Future Cycle of Profitability for U.S. Hotel Operators According to New Lodging Econometrics Report / May 2011

Lodging Econometrics Reports U.S. Hotel Openings to Remain at Cyclical Low in 2011 and 2012 / February 2011

Lodging Econometrics Q3 2010 Americas Real Estate Trends Report; Brazil's Pipeline Up 87% Year-Over-Year / December 2010

Lodging Econometrics Revises its 3rd Quarter Forecast for New Hotel Openings Downward to 562 Hotels for 2011 & 515 Hotels for 2012 / November 2010

Construction Starts for U.S. Hotels Reach a Record Low of 80 Projects with 8,566 Rooms in the 2nd Qtr 2010 / LE Forecast / July 2010

U.S. Hotel Construction Pipeline Decelerating Rapidly; LE First Quarter 2009 Results / April 2009
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