As the U.S. navigates the health and economic threats from the new-coronavirus pandemic, Long Live Lodging / Lodging Leaders podcast is covering the impact of the crisis on the hotel industry. We’re committed to keeping you updated on developments related to the COVID-19 outbreak, which on March 13 the White House declared a national emergency. Lodging Leaders has increased its weekly podcasts to provide news and information across a range of topics related to the crisis. Complementing the audio programs, Long Live Lodging features a multimedia section that adds context to the podcast reports with articles, photos, videos and links to additional information.
Commercial construction starts dramatically plummeted in April because of the coronavirus crisis, reports Dodge Data & Analytics. In May, commercial starts saw a slight uptick. Hotels under construction when the pandemic hit continue to move forward but contractors are challenged with the unexpected costs of providing workers with personal protection equipment and complying with OSHA’s newly minted health and safety standards. Hotel developers, meantime, are not in a hurry to see projects across the finish line as demand in travel remains low. Long Live Lodging reports about the state of hotel construction as part of our ongoing special report on the coronavirus crisis and its impact on the hotel industry.
In the first quarter of this year, more than 140 new hotels opened in the U.S., reported Lodging Econometrics. In March, the U.S. had 150,000 rooms under construction, said STR. It’s the highest end-of-month total the company has reported. Jan Freitag, senior vice president of lodging insights at STR, said he expects hotel construction to read more