The U.S. Construction Pipeline kicked off the first quarter of 2018 with 5,255 Projects/636,174 Rooms, up 4% by projects and 6% by rooms Year-Over-Year (YOY), according to analysts at Lodging Econometrics (LE). In comparison to the highest Pipeline level recorded by LE, the current quarter is just 628 Projects/149,373 Rooms, or 11% beneath the peak which occurred in Q208. We expect the Pipeline to continue its modest growth through 2018.
There are 1,592 Projects/205,449 Rooms Under Construction, up 5% by projects YOY. Projects Scheduled to Start Construction in the Next 12 Months, at 2,297 Projects/272,459 Rooms are down 5% by projects YOY and projects in Early Planning are at 1,366 Projects/158,366 Rooms, up 23% YOY.