October hotel openings: 321 hotels to launch worldwide [Infographic]

by | 01 Oct 2020 | Hotel Openings, Projects

Eagan in Minnesota will shortly see the 320-room Omni Viking Lakes Hotel open its doors.

The TOPHOTELPROJECTS construction database reveals that 321 hotels are slated to open around the world in October 2020, with the hospitality industry remaining hopeful that travel demand will bounce back relatively quickly.

With 321 hotels set to bring 62,810 new keys worldwide, October will be a busy month for the global hotel industry. We take a look at where this growth is happening and which projects in particular are worth keeping an eye on.

October hotel openings by region

North America leads the pack with 112 planned launches and 19,559 new rooms coming online this month, while the APAC region follows with 81 openings and 18,868 keys. The similar room counts despite the sizeable difference in project numbers shows that, on average, properties in APAC will be significantly larger than in North America.

Europe comes in third with 73 launches and 11,158 rooms. Next up is the Middle East, which will get 29 new hotels in October, bringing a total of 8,663 new rooms into play.

Rounding out the list, 22 properties with 4,010 keys will be completed in Africa, while Latin America will get four new hotels with 552 rooms.

Of the 321 soon-to-be-launched hotels, 207 will be in the four-star segment. The remaining 114 will fall into the luxury five-star category.

Fastest growing national hotel markets

Unsurprisingly, the US takes the top spot with 98 projects and 16,967 rooms slated for completion in October 2020. China follows in a distant second place with just 32 launches and 8,185 keys.

Germany and the UK fly the flag for Europe, meanwhile, with 17 and 12 launches respectively. Elsewhere, the UAE and India will each get 11 new hotels, with ten properties debuting in both Thailand and Australia. Spain and Russia complete the list with eight and seven openings.

The most active urban hotel markets

Interestingly, Dubai tops the list of fastest growing urban hotel markets with nine launches and 2,982 rooms, ahead of New York; the Big Apple is only set to welcome seven new properties, adding 1,601 rooms to its already crowded market.

By way comparison, five properties with 1,532 rooms will go live in Qatari capital Doha. And Bangkok and Dublin will each get four new hotels, with 1,048 and 896 rooms respectively.

October’s top hotel brands

Hospitality giants Hilton Worldwide and Marriott International dominate our list of October’s fastest growing hotel brands.

Hampton by Hilton will expand its portfolio by 15 properties and 2,279 rooms, while Marriott Hotels & Resorts follows with 11 openings and 2,987 additional keys.

Close behind, Hilton Garden Inn and Home2 Suites by Hilton will both grow their footprints by six hotels, with 937 and 618 rooms each. And Courtyard by Marriott concludes the list with five launches and 889 rooms.

Key hotel projects to watch in October 2020

The 362-room Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok will offer guests convenient access to nearby embassies, retail facilities and the Bangkok Skytrain network. This property will be part of the Sindhorn Village development offering 22 acres of dining, shopping and entertainment venues. Bangkok-based Plan Architect Co handled the hotel’s artful design, which is perfectly in line with Kimpton’s elegant yet eclectic style.

In Dubai, the 360-room Staybridge Suites Dubai Financial Centre will offer guests studios and apartments in various sizes, all with sweeping views of the city and landmarks such as the Burj Khalifa. Located downtown and only 15 minutes from Dubai International Airport, the property will no doubt attract business and leisure guests who enjoy being so close to the Dubai World Trade Exhibition Centre, the City Walk, Dubai Arena, the Dubai Mall and other high-profile destinations.

Over in China, the port city of Xiamen will soon be home to a 304-room Andaz property. The motto is ‘old meets new’, which is reflected in the building’s design and amenities. Blink Design Group from Shanghai and RBS Architectural Engineering worked together to create this modern luxury offering inspired by the local Nanyang style. Facilities will include a fitness centre, a variety of dining venues, and meeting and event rooms.

Lastly, Eagan in Minnesota will shortly see a 320-room Omni Viking Lakes Hotel open its doors. Designed by ESG Architects and built by Kraus Anderson, this new property will feature an all-day restaurant, a lounge with an outdoor terrace, a grab-and-go market, retail space, an espresso and lobby bar as well as an outdoor pool, full-service spa, sauna and steam room. Over 3,200 sq m of flexible meeting and events space will complete the offering.

Many TOPHOTELNEWS articles draw on exclusive information from the TOPHOTELPROJECTS construction database. This subscription-based product includes details of thousands of hotel projects around the world, along with the key decision-makers behind them. Please note, our data may differ from records held by other organisations. Generally, the database focuses on four- and five-star schemes of significant scale; tracks projects in either the vision, pre-planning, planning, under-construction, pre-opening or newly opened phase; and covers newbuilds, extensions, refurbishments and conversions.

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