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Wyndham Hotel Group announces inking of 10 mid-sized Indian properties
Monday, 13 October, 2014, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
Wyndham Hotel Group, one of the world’s largest hotel companies with over 7,540 hotels, announced the signing of ten properties in India, thereby expanding the company’s presence in the rapidly growing mid-market hospitality segment in India.
The announcement was made by Geoff Ballotti, president and chief executive officer, Wyndham Hotel Group, and Deepika Arora, regional vice-president, Indian Ocean, Wyndham Hotel Group, at a recent press conference.
There are currently 24 properties with approximately 2,587 rooms open under the Ramada,Wyndham Hotels and Resorts and Days Inn brands in India and 33 properties with approximately 3,753 rooms under development.
The addition of 10 new properties with 1,088 rooms will take the tally of properties operating under Wyndham Hotel Group brands, to 43 with approximately 4,841 rooms, making it the fastest-growing franchise business in India.
The 10 properties, which would operate under the Ramada Encore and Howard Johnson brands, will be located in Gurgaon, Darjeeling, Greater Noida, Jaisalmer, Pali, Lonere, Dharmapuri, Bangalore, Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram.
The new properties would reiterate the company’s focus not only on strengthening its presence in existing markets, but also on tapping the rapidly-growing secondary markets in India. All the hotels are expected to be open by mid-2017.
Ballotti said, “We have a portfolio of well-respected and globally-recognised brands that span the hospitality spectrum, with a particularly strong presence in the economy and midscale segments.”
“The addition of these new Ramada, Days Inn and Howard Johnson hotels helps us continue to cater to increasing demand for global brands here in India. Our call centres and distribution systems are receiving excellent demand from the market and we believe that the key to our success here in India lies in the strategic relationships we have forged with our partners that we are looking to further deepen and expand,” he added.
Wyndham Hotel Group, a part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, has also entered into a strategic partnership with its existing and new partners in India to accelerate its expansion plans. The company has partnered with Expat Projects and Development Pvt Ltd.to open two Ramada hotels; with Creative Buildwell Pvt Ltd, Swift Financial Results Ltd, Vardhman Infra Developers Pvt Ltd, and Expat Leisure and Resorts Ltd for one Ramada each; with Akruti Developers for a Days Hotel and Suites; with Saras Hotels Pvt Ltd for a Days Hotel, with Mohyideen Hussain Fisal for a Days Hotel and with Unique Mercantile Pvt Ltd for a Howard Johnson hotel in Jaisalmer.
“Our offerings are flexible enough to fit each owner’s budget while still meeting the expectations of today’s consumer, which is valuable in a diverse and dynamic country like India,” said Arora.
“Introducing our hotels to markets that have remained untapped, like Pali, Dharmapuri, Lonere and Darjeeling, allows us great potential to work with partners who are passionate about our brands and who are experts in the market.”
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