by Michael J. Shapiro | May 15, 2013

Hotel-data provider STR Global released April updates Tuesday for hotel pipeline numbers in the Americas. In the U.S., the total active pipeline consists of 2,700 projects, or 319,482 rooms, a 9.2 percent increase over the number of rooms in last year's pipeline. In the Caribbean/Mexico region, 124 hotels, for a total of 20,676 rooms, are in the active pipeline. Seven properties have opened thus far in the region in 2013, totaling 912 rooms; 35 more will open in 2013, providing 5,644 rooms. In the Central/South America region, 242 hotels are in the pipeline, totaling 37,506 rooms. Among the largest markets, Panama City, Panama, has the most rooms in the active pipeline, with 3,186. The other markets with more than 500 rooms in the pipeline are Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1,721 rooms); Bogota, Colombia (1,051 rooms); Santiago, Chile (756 rooms); and Lima, Peru (600 rooms).