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Country Snapshot: Thailand to gain 31,000 new hotel rooms [Infographic]

Construction database TOPHOTELPROJECTS reveals that Thailand’s hotel pipeline looks promising, with established travel destinations expected to see the fastest growth.

Over the next few years, 126 hotels with 31,053 keys are expected to open across Thailand, our research team reports. Zoom on these next launches.

Hotel openings in Thailand by date

Despite the ongoing Covid-related travel restrictions faced by many international tourists, Thailand’s hospitality sector appears to have high hopes for the future. In the second half of 2021 alone, 32 properties with 2,400 rooms are expected to go live across the country.

Another 27 projects with 6,977 rooms are in the pipeline for 2022, while 22 projects with 5,239 keys have been planned for 2023. Meanwhile, 45 projects and 12,437 rooms are already on the cards for 2024 and beyond.

Of the 126 new Thai hotels, 55 will be in the five-star luxury segment, while the remaining 71 will be in the four-star category.

Top Growth Regions in Thailand

Bangkok, the country’s capital, will see by far the highest number of openings – 46 new hotels will add 12,045 rooms to this well-established market.

The popular tourist seaside towns of Phuket and Pattaya will also significantly increase their hotel supply. To be more specific, 20 projects with 4,155 rooms are expected to be completed on Phuket Island, while 16 properties with 5,019 keys are underway in Pattaya.

Major hotel brands are expanding in Thailand

IHG’s iconic brand, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, will increase its local footprint by six hotels and 1,166 rooms. Another of the company’s flags, Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts, will add five properties and 2,684 keys to its portfolio. Comparing the duo’s growth plans shows that new Holiday Inn properties will, on average, be twice the size of their InterContinental counterparts.

Finally, Citadines Apart’hotels will also launch five new properties, responding to the growing demand for extended stay hotels in the country.

Top hotel openings to watch in Thailand

Scheduled to open before the end of this year, Meliá Chiang Mai will take pride of place in one of the most popular cities for backpackers in northern Thailand. Meliá, which is taking over the management of this huge hotel, is planning a major renovation program to increase the number of rooms from the current 325 to 261.

In the capital, by contrast, the Ritz-Carlton Bangkok will offer 259 rooms and suites within One Bangkok, a new lifestyle development being built near Embassy Row and Lumpini Park, by mid -2025. When complete, the hotel will have one of Thailand’s largest ballrooms, four restaurants and bars, and extensive spa and fitness facilities.