According to global hotel industry consultant STR, there are 184,299 hotels comprising 16,966,280 million rooms around the world in the first quarter of 2018. That number of rooms represents a 17.7% increase over the last 10 years.
“The hotel sector and its rate of return continue to attract real-estate investors–that is evident through the substantial growth in performance metrics and development we have seen over the past decade,” said Robin Rossmann, STR’s international managing director. “While the story is rarely the same for any two markets around the world, the industry as a whole continues to perform at robust levels, and we expect continued growth over the coming years.”
Since the launch of its international business (formerly STR Global), STR’s hotel sample has grown by almost 3 million rooms (+49%). Based on that sample, the global hotel industry recorded an average occupancy level of 67.5% for the 12 months ending with February 2018, which was a 1.6% increase from the previous 12 months. Average daily rate (ADR) grew 2.6% during that 12-month time period to $122.96.
STR defines a hotel on three exclusionary criteria: 1) generates revenue on a nightly per-room basis, 2) has 10 or more rooms and 3) is open to the public (excludes those properties requiring membership, affiliation or club status).