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by Michael J. Shapiro | May 19, 2010

There is a 31.2 percent year-over-year decrease in the number of rooms in the active U.S. hotel pipeline, according to the April 2010 STR/TWR/Dodge Construction Pipeline Report released last week. The total development pipeline currently includes 3,512 projects, or 367,080 rooms. The economy segment posted the largest year-over-year decrease, dropping 62.2 percent from 2009. The number of luxury developments fell by 50 percent, and upper-upscale projects decreased by 40.6 percent. In terms of what's currently in development, midscale without food and beverage represents the largest number of rooms, at 119,742. Luxury should see the smallest increase in supply, as only 5,424 rooms currently are in the pipeline.