WHY IT RATES: With these new Wyndham Grand properties, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts will be able to provide luxury travelers with more high-end quality hotel stays in unique locations around the world. — Alex Temblador, TravelPulse Associate Writer
Wyndham Grand, the upper-upscale brand of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: WH), the world’s largest hotel company with more than 9,000 hotels in more than 80 countries, is slated to debut in six new destinations around the world in 2019: California, U.S.; Cam Ranh, Vietnam; Mexico City, Mexico; Kayseri, Turkey; Tblisi, Georgia; and Crete, Greece.
Two of the new hotels – located in Cam Ranh, Vietnam and Mexico City, Mexico – will be managed by Wyndham Hotels & Resorts’ growing management company, adding to the more than 400 hotels operated by the company globally and expanding its upscale managed capabilities into new countries.
Wyndham Grand is an ensemble of distinctive hotels that are approachable by design, representing one-of-a-kind experiences with sophisticated elegance. The new hotels will join the brand’s 39 existing awe-inspiring locations including Istanbul; Chicago; Shanghai; and Manama, where the first Wyndham Grand in Bahrain, also managed by Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, opened in 2017.
“Travelers are seeking out new destinations and crossing borders more than ever before; in the last two decades alone the number of international travelers around the world has more than doubled to nearly 1.3 billion,” said Bob Loewen, Chief Operating Officer for Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. “We’re strategically expanding Wyndham Grand’s presence around the world in the destinations travelers so eagerly want to explore, whether it’s the shores of Greek Isles, a unique pocket of culture in Southern California, the centuries-old historic capital of Georgia or wherever their bucket list takes them.”
In addition to the hotels planned for 2019, the brand’s pipeline comprises approximately 25 hotels including new destinations in St. Kitts and Nevis, Barbados, Belize and a new dual-branded Wyndham Grand and TRYP by Wyndham® hotel in Miami, Florida.
Westminster California, U.S.
Slated to be part of multi-use development, Wyndham Grand in Westminster will be the brand’s first hotel in California. The hotel will offer 144 guestrooms – making it the largest and only full-service hotel in Westminster — in addition to flexible meeting and event space and a full-service restaurant. Steps away from Westminster’s Little Saigon Tourist Commercial District on Bolsa Avenue, the hotel empowers travelers to explore the hub of Vietnamese dining and culture in the largest Vietnamese community outside of Vietnam.
The hotel is also situated near the city of Garden Grove, California State Route 22 (Garden Grove Freeway) and just seven miles from Disneyland. It’s also a short drive from Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and the Pacific Ocean.
Wyndham Grand Cam Ranh, Vietnam
Wyndham Grand Cam Ranh is situated on a 27-hole golf course overlooking the nearby ocean designed by renowned Australian golfer Greg Norman. The hotel offers luxurious accommodation options as well as multiple restaurants and bars, swimming pools, spa and wellness facilities and a convention centre. Cam Ranh, with pristine beaches and deep waters, is a growing tourist destination thanks to the recent expansion of Cam Ranh International Airport and increasing numbers of international flights.
Vietnam is an increasingly popular destination for international travelers. Named one of Travel + Leisure’s 50 Best Places to Travel in 2019, Vietnam welcomed more than 14 million visitors in 2018 – a staggering 21% increase over last year.
Wyndham Grand Mexico City La Condesa, Mexico
The 400-room Wyndham Grand Mexico City La Condesa is the first Wyndham Grand in Mexico. The hotel is situated within the unique Roma-Condesa neighborhood boasting more than 1,500 buildings classified as architectural heritage – including the hotel itself, which will conserve the original architecture while applying contemporary interior design and modern amenities including unique dining and flexible meeting space.
Mexico welcomed nearly 40 million travelers in 2017, a record number of visitors and a nearly 12% increase from the prior year. Mexico City, the heart of the country and a thriving historic destination, is the perfect new home for Wyndham Grand’s unique take on approachable luxury for both families and business travelers.
Wyndham Grand Kayseri, Turkey
Opened in mid-January, Wyndham Grand Kayseri boasts 205 guest rooms and eight meeting rooms, accommodating up to 1,185 people. The hotel also offers traditional Turkish cuisine in its Kale Roof restaurant, complemented by drinks in the lobby lounge or onsite City Pub. Guests also have access to a fitness center and a relaxing spa with a sauna, steam bath and pool.
The hotel is the fifth Wyndham Grand in Turkey and the first in Kayseri, a city with a strong commercial draw for business travelers and a popular ski destination. The hotel is situated near the 60,000-acre Sultan Sazligi National Park which houses more than 300 species of birds.
Wyndham Grand Tbilisi, Georgia
Wyndham Grand Tbilisi, in the heart of Georgia’s capital, is expected to open during the summer and will be managed by McInerney Hospitality International Georgia. The hotel will be located centrally on Freedom Square, adjacent to the National Museum of Georgia and close to a host of other attractions. Set across eight floors, the hotel has been designed by renowned Georgian architect Paata Jgarkava and will include 161 stylish guest rooms and suites.
Tourism is one of the largest economic sectors in the country, with 8 million travelers expected to visit Georgia this year. Wyndham Grand Tbilisi is the latest addition to the company’s overall footprint in Georgia, including Ramada Encore Tbilisi, which opened earlier this year, as well as Wyndham Batumi. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts plans to add four more hotels in Georgia over the next three years.
Wyndham Grand Crete Mirabello Bay, Greece
Wyndham will enter the Greek islands with its first upper-upscale hotel in Crete, Wyndham Grand Crete Mirabello Bay, adding the renowned Mirabello Beach & Village Resort to the Wyndham Grand brand. The seaside resort and meetings destination is located minutes from Agios Nikolaos in the famed Elounda region of Crete.
Wyndham Grand Mirabello will offer 311 guest rooms, more than 6,000 square feet (520 square meters) of meeting space, five restaurants and bars and a variety of leisure facilities spread across two of the region’s most popular beaches for sunning, swimming and boating.
Greece has seen the largest increase in visitor numbers of any European destination in this decade, expecting to total a record 32 million foreign travelers in 2018. The addition to Wyndham Grand Crete Mirabello Bay expands on Wyndham’s partnership with Zeus International, a consulting, hotel management and development services company in Greece. The companies are also partnering to bring the first upscale Wyndham® branded hotel to Cyprus, Wyndham Nicosia, and have an ongoing partnership to develop 20 hotels over 10 years across Greece, Cyprus, Italy and the Balkans.
SOURCE: Wyndham Hotels & Resorts press release
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