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by Michael J. Shapiro | March 21, 2012

 The total active U.S. hotel development pipeline was just shy of 291,000 rooms in February, representing a year-over-year decrease of 5.6 percent, according to the February STR/McGraw Hill Construction Dodge Pipeline Report. That said, new construction was up in many of the country's largest markets. New York City led the way with 7,296 rooms being built, a 17.2 percent increase over last February. Orlando had the second most rooms under construction, at 3,265, a 29.7 percent increase over last year. Rounding out the top five were Washington, D.C., Chicago and Nashville. Only Washington, D.C., experienced a decrease in number of rooms under construction compared to last year; Chicago's total represented an increase of more than 100 percent, while Nashville's count was up by 223.5 percent, year-over-year.