World's Largest Ramada Hotel Furthers Brand's Expansion in China

April 08, 2009 // Franchising.com // Parsippany, N.J. — Ramada Worldwide, one of the world's leading international hotel chains with nearly 900 properties around the globe, today announced its continued expansion with two new hotels in China: the world's largest Ramada hotel, the 1000–room Ramada Hotel & Suites Boao in the Hainan province, and the 548–room Ramada Huangshan in the Anhui province.

Currently under development on Hainan Island just off the south coast of mainland China, the upscale, 24–story Ramada Hotel & Suites property is expected to open in December 2010. The all–new construction hotel is being developed by Hainan Baolian City (Boao) Company Ltd., a subsidiary of the Shanghai Baolian Real Estate Company, Ltd., which is also developing the 337–room Shanghai Wyndham Baolian.

The all new construction hotel will feature oversized rooms and suites, three full–service restaurants, a lobby bar, 1,150 square meters of meeting space, a swimming pool, gym and other recreational facilities.

The hotel is part of a larger plan by the developer to transform more than two square kilometers of the city's ocean front real–estate into an upscale resort destination that will feature multiple retail and entertainment spaces.

Owned and operated by Huangshan Xinhui Investment Co., Ltd., the newly constructed eight–story Ramada Huangshan hotel is the Ramada brand's first hotel in the Anhui province. Located on the south bank of the Xin'an River, an area famous for the Yellow Mountains and other natural wonders, the property will feature oversized rooms and suites; a multi–lingual staff that is fluent in English, Japanese and Cantonese; a full–service restaurant specializing in Western cuisine; meeting and conference facilities capable of accommodating up to 600 guests; a fitness center and express check–out. All guest rooms and suites will feature 26" flat–screen televisions and free high–speed Internet access.

"The cities of Boao and Huangshan serve as key destinations for both business and leisure travelers," said Tom Monahan, Wyndham Hotel Group executive vice president of international development. "With the addition of these hotels, the Ramada brand is well poised to capture the business of those travelers and maintain Wyndham Hotel Group's position as the leading lodging franchisor in China."

Wyndham Hotel Group, the world's largest U.S. based hotel company in China, currently franchises over 170 hotels throughout China, 34 of which are a part of the Ramada brand.

Ramada Worldwide, a member of the Wyndham Hotel Group family of lodging brands, is a global chain of mid–and–upscale hotels with locations in key destinations throughout the world. All properties in the United States, and most properties in other regions, offer complimentary continental breakfast, high–speed Internet access, expanded cable television, in–room coffee and daily newspaper. Select properties offer on–site restaurants, cocktail lounges, room service, concierge service, meeting and banquet facilities and copy and fax services.

Wyndham Hotel Group, one of three principal components of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), encompasses over 7,000 hotels representing nearly 593,000 rooms under the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts®, Ramada®, Days Inn®, Super 8®, Wingate® by Wyndham, Baymont Inn & Suites®, Microtel Inns & Suites®, Hawthorn Suites®, Howard Johnson®, Travelodge®, Knights Inn® and AmeriHost Inn® brands.

All hotels are owned individually and operated independently or by Wyndham Hotel Management. Wyndham Hotel Group is based in Parsippany, N.J.

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