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Hotel construction down around the world, except in Europe

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LONDON—Europe is the only world region showing increased hotel construction activity in comparison with the end of Q1 last year, according to March pipeline data from STR.

March 2021 (% changes in comparison with March 2020)


  • In Construction: 258,129 rooms (+26.9%)
  • Final Planning: 181,101 rooms (+23.7%)
  • Planning: 155,615 rooms (-8.8%)

Germany (51,785) and the U.K. (36,919) lead Europe in total rooms in construction.

Asia Pacific

Among countries in the region, China has the most rooms in construction (283,893), followed by Vietnam (28,657).

Middle East & Africa

  • In Construction: 141,914 rooms (-1.9%)
  • Final Planning: 45,680 rooms (-4.8%)
  • Planning: 53,567 rooms (-29.8%)

United Arab Emirates (43,032 rooms) and Saudi Arabia (37,150 rooms) lead in construction activity. Saudi Arabia tops the world in projected hotel supply growth over the next three years.


  • In Construction: 240,635 rooms (-11.6%)
  • Final Planning: 254,389 rooms (-13.4%)
  • Planning: 265,702 rooms (+2.8%)

The U.S. led the world in new hotel openings during Q1 2021, despite a year-over-year decline in construction activity. In addition to the U.S., Mexico (14,491) and Canada (8,804) have the highest number of rooms in construction in the region.

About STR
STR provides premium data benchmarking, analytics and marketplace insights for global hospitality sectors. Founded in 1985, STR maintains a presence in 15 countries with a corporate North American headquarters in Hendersonville, Tennessee, an international headquarters in London, and an Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore. STR was acquired in October 2019 by CoStar Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSGP), the leading provider of commercial real estate information, analytics and online marketplaces. For more information, please visit and

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