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China’s Hotel Construction Pipeline Soars With 678,965 Rooms

Alan Woinski
August 22nd, 2023 at 7:28 AM EDT

Skift Take

  • China has a hotel construction pipeline of 3,666 projects with 678,965 rooms. Mid-level upscale and upper midscale projects are active. Hilton, IHG, and Marriott lead the franchise companies.
  • Vietnam’s luxury hotel supply grew 6.2% in H1 2023, with 235 five-star and 354 four-star hotels. The country served 4.3 million overnight visitors.
  • Accor plans 10+ new hotels in India and supports unbranded hotels with the Cozzet Collection.

Vietnam New Brief reported that the supply of four and five-star hotels inVietnam rose 6.2% year over year in the first half of 2023. They cited a report by Outbox Company saying that at the end of June, Vietnam had 235 five-star hotels with 77,895 rooms and 354 four-star hotels with 47,502 rooms. Compared to 2019, that was an increase of 105 four and five-star accommodations or 21.7%, while the number of rooms was up by 25,116 or 25%. Vietnam hotels served 4.3 million overnight visitors in the first half of 2023.

According to the most recent Construction Pipeline Trend Report for China from Lodging Econometrics, the country’s pipeline is 3,666 projects/678,965 rooms.

China Pipeline Ending Q2 2023

Under construction2,655478,703
Scheduled to start in the next 12 mos.35764,174
Early planning654136,088

China Starts and Announcements Ending Q2 2023

New construction starts6028,256
New project announcement23636,163

China Development Activity by Type Ending Q2 2023

Upper midscale1,137182,478
Brand conversions/large-scale renovations15628,633

China Pipeline by City Ending Q2 2023


China Pipeline by Company Ending Q2 2023

Hilton Worldwide716127,106
Jin Jiang Holdings15415,355

China Pipeline by Brands Ending Q2 2023

Holiday Inn ExpressIHG18429,887
Hilton Garden InnHilton11220,558

China Openings by Period Ending Q2 2023

H1 202325843,486
H2 202359185,824

Marriott International’s Moxy Hotels brand announced the opening of Moxy Sydney Airport, marking the brand’s debut in Australia. The new 301-room hotel is located in Mascot, a suburb in the inner-south of Sydney, 10 minutes from Sydney International Airport via Moxy’s pink airport shuttle bus. The lobby at the hotel is centered around the hotel bar, where guests check in with a complimentary “Get Moxy” signature cocktail. In the lobby, guests can enjoy the hotel’s Living Room, a communal space with a 1970s photobooth and reclaimed vintage lounge chairs. Food and beverage options include Bar Moxy and Little Baxter streetside café. The hotel features five meeting studios for private events.

Accor Pacific announced the grand opening of Peppers Manly Beach, managed by Accor Vacation Club, a hotel in the heart of Manly, Australia. This was previously known as the North Tower of The Sebel Sydney Manly Beach. The official opening of Peppers Manly Beach will be on August 25th, showcasing a range of 42 suites, apartments, and suites. Amenities include two swimming pools and secure underground parking.

Accor said they remain committed to managing Sofitel Philippine Plaza, despite the reclamation of Manila Bay, which has already blocked its guests’ view of Manila’s sunset from the hotel’s pool area. Philippine Plaza Holdings Inc owns the hotel, and they will rehabilitate the 50-year-old hotel with a budget of P4 billion. The hotel sits on a property leased from the Government Services Insurance System. The reclamation of Manila Bay, behind Sofitel Philippine Plaza, is a project of the Pasay City government in partnership with the SM Group. The project is estimated to cost P72 billion and will be a mixed-use development and include condominiums, other living spaces, and commercial and retail areas.

Accor said they are set to open more than 10 new hotels across India over the next couple of years. They signed 10 hotels in 2022 which will open over the next couple of years, and already opened three properties in 2023, with three more to open before the end of the year. The hotels opened include the Novotel in Mumbai, close to the International Airport, ibis in Thane, and Novotel in Jodhpur. They plan to open ibis properties in Wagator, a Novotel in Jaipur, and Grand Mercure in Agra for the remainder of the year. Accor said the expansion includes penetrating tier two and three markets, giving the hotel group a broader network across India.

Cozzet Hotels & Resort has unveiled its latest venture, the “Cozzet Collection,” Cozzet Hotels & Resorts is affiliated with Cygnett Hotels & Resorts. The objective of the latest venture is to support small and medium-sized unbranded hotel owners and then help improve their technology, marketing, and business know-how, as they don’t believe budget hotels have access to the latest technology and business solutions. The company has tested the model and three properties in Himachal Pradesh. They operate under the Cozzet Collection umbrella, with an increasing number of hotels signing up. Cygnett Hotels aims for 10,000 rooms to operate under the Cozzet Collection model within the next few years. Their expansion under the brand will include standalone small hotels of less than 40 keys across the country.

Macau operator SJM Holdings is anticipating the grand opening of Palazzo Versace Macau in the coming months, with the room inventory at its Cotaiintegrated resort increasing to 1,892. Certain hotel rooms at the Palazzo Versace Macau became available to the public during the first half of 2023.

Personnel Moves

Guy Hutchinson has returned to Hilton. Hutchinson was appointed President, the Middle East & Africa, effective in early 2024. Nearly a decade ago, Hutchinson left Hilton and served as both COO and CEO at Abu Dhabi-based Rotana Hotels & Resorts. He had been VP of operations at Hilton across the Middle East, Europe, Japan, China, Australia, and India until 2014. Hutchinson comes to Hilton after the sudden passing of Jochem-Jan Sleiffer in April 2023. Hutchinson will be based at Hilton’s regional office in Dubai.

Alan Woinski
August 22nd, 2023 at 7:28 AM EDT

Companies: Accor, Cygnett Hotels & Resorts, Grand Mercure Hotels and Resorts, Hampton by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express, ibis, IHG Hotels & Resorts, Jin Jiang Holdings, Marriott International, Moxy Hotels, Novotel, Peppers, SJM Holdings Ltd, Sofitel

Locations: Agra, Chengdu, China, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Macau, Manila, Mumbai, Shanghai, Sydney, Thane, Vietnam, Xi'an

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