News for the Hospitality Executive
Pipeline Points to a Future Cycle of Profitability for U.S. Hotel
According to New Lodging Econometrics Report
May 2011 - Further declines have brought Construction Pipeline counts to a new cyclical low of 2,951 projects/354,100 rooms in Q1 2011. With 426 projects/54,530 rooms, just 14% of total Pipeline projects and 15% of rooms, Under Construction totals have fallen to lows not seen since the 1990’s. Conversely, Early Planning counts have been growing since Q4 2009. Hotels that are larger and have longer timelines are being planned today for when construction financing becomes more accessible.
With fewer projects Under Construction, the rate of New Hotel Openings has slowed. Just 72 hotels/9,051 rooms came online as new supply in Q1 2011, marking the first time in the current cycle that quarterly New Openings have fallen below 100 hotels and 10,000 rooms. LE has decreased its Forecast for New Hotel Openings slightly, with just 408 hotels/44,035 rooms now expected to open in 2011, and 424 hotels/45,834 rooms, representing supply growth of between 0.7%-0.9% each year.
In Q1 2011, there were only 211 New Project Announcements, with a total of 28,641 rooms. Since their pre-recession peak in 2007, the number of NPAs has been insufficient to offset New Hotel Openings and the cyclically high Cancellations and Postponements that came in the wake of the credit crisis. The decline in NPAs is expected to continue. As a result, Pipeline totals will drift lower and, in turn, New Hotel Openings will set new cyclical lows through the middle of the decade.
With lower levels of new supply ahead, hotel operators will see a very promising scenario develop going forward. Thus far, lodging demand has yet to pick up to desired levels, and operating metrics (occupancy, average room rates and RevPAR) have only improved modestly. When the overall economy gains greater momentum and consumer spending bounces back more fully, demand will recover at a faster pace. Room rates, and thus profitability, will then accelerate forward, especially as there will be no supply headwinds to overcome. Demand growth is the key to industry-wide improvement.
NOTABLE PIPELINE DEVELOPMENTS & NEW HOTEL OPENINGS
Econometrics Reports U.S. Hotel Openings to Remain at Cyclical Low in
2011 and 2012 / February 2011
Econometrics Q3 2010 Americas Real Estate Trends Report; Brazil's
Pipeline Up 87% Year-Over-Year / December 2010
Econometrics Revises its 3rd Quarter Forecast for New Hotel Openings
Downward to 562 Hotels for 2011 & 515 Hotels for 2012 /
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|