Region overview: 160,000 hotel rooms planned across South-East Asia

by | 03 Aug 2021 | Projects

Sheraton Cebu Mactan Resort & Residences (imagery: © Sheraton)

A peek into the TOPHOTELPROJECTS construction database shows that South-East Asia’s hotel market looks very promising, with Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia all growing rapidly.

A total of 568 hotel schemes with 159,216 keys are in the pipeline across South-East Asia, according to our research. Here, we shine a light on the key stats behind some of the region’s hottest openings.

South-East Asia hotel openings by year

Both 2021 and 2022 will see 121 new hotels open their doors. However, the respective room counts of 29,775 and 41,967 hint at the fact that several unusually large projects are due to complete next year.

For 2023, another 88 properties with 21,543 keys have been lined up, while 238 projects and 65,931 rooms are already on the books for 2024 and beyond.

Of the 568 planned hotels, 352 will be in the four-star category, while 216 fall into the five-star segment.

The most active countries in South-East Asia

Thailand leads the pack on a country-by-country basis, with 125 new hotels and 31,329 rooms pencilled in. No fewer than 46 of these properties will launch in Bangkok alone.

Vietnam comes in second place overall with 123 ongoing projects – and a whopping 51,287 rooms, thanks to the presence of a few megadevelopments on the coast.

Indonesia ranks third, meanwhile, with 119 schemes and 21,824 keys on its development slate. The capital Jakarta will be home to 24 of these new hotels, making it the third fastest growing urban hotel market in the region, just behind Malaysian counterpart Kuala Lumpur, which is set to welcome 25 more projects.

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Key brands expanding across the region

South-East Asia’s most active brand is Citadines Apart’hotels, which will open 30 additional properties and thus grow its offering by 6,075 rooms. Elsewhere, both Somerset Serviced Apartments and Harris Hotels have 21 projects on the go, with a room count of 4,885 and 3,818 respectively.

These figures clearly demonstrate how quickly the extended-stay and serviced-apartment market is developing across South-East Asia right now.

A selection of upcoming launches in South-East Asia

In the Philippines, Sheraton Cebu Mactan Resorts & Residences will welcome guests from late 2021. The 250-key resort will offer stunning views of Magellan Bay alongside a range of leisure, lifestyle and entertainment facilities. Among the amenities being promised are a pool and spa, a fitness room, three F&B venues and over 1,300 sq m of function space.

Over in Vietnam, the tropical island of Phu Quoc will soon be home to the new Park Hyatt Phu Quoc. From mid-2022, this hotel will boast 175 luxurious rooms, suites and villas inspired by local design, and featuring materials commonly used in traditional Vietnamese buildings. Guests will be able to choose from several dining venues supplied in part by an onsite organic farm, while there’ll also be a gym, pool and spa, as well as 400 sq m of function space and a kid’s club.

Lastly, in Bangkok, a huge development is currently underway near the city’s Embassy Row that features a staggering five luxury hotels, including the 200-room One Bangkok. Currently under construction, this eye-catching hospitality scheme is set to open by mid-2025.

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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