Wyndham Hotel Group to Open First Ramada Encore Property in Middle East

November 23, 2009 // Franchising.com // Doha, QATAR — Wyndham Hotel Group, the world's largest hotel company with over 7,000 hotels and 11 brands, and Regency Group Holding today signed a management agreement that would bring the Ramada Encore hotel product to the Middle East.

Expected to open in Doha, Qatar in the second quarter of 2010, the 110-room Ramada Encore property will be Wyndham Hotel Group's first managed Ramada Encore hotel. It will be located on Ahmad Bin Mohamad Bin Thani Road in the Al-Asmakh area in Doha.

"We are so pleased to work with Regency Group Holding to bring the contemporary, value-conscious Ramada Encore hotel product to the Middle East," said Eric Danziger, president and chief executive officer of Wyndham Hotel Group. "Ramada Encore hotels cater to business and corporate travelers making it an excellent fit for Doha, the economic center of the country."

Ramada Encore properties are stylish, midscale hotels located throughout Europe and Asia, and now, in the Middle East with the addition of the Ramada Encore Doha hotel.

The property will feature two meeting rooms for up to 30 delegates each, a pool, fitness center, sauna, whirl pool and a business center. It will adhere to Ramada Encore brand standards but will be modified for the Middle East to suit regional and cultural needs including larger guest rooms and bathrooms, closed wardrobes, flat screen televisions and parquet flooring.

Ibrahim Ai Asmakh, president of Regency Group Holding said, "In light of the economic policies established by His Highness the Prince, the Crown Prince and his Excellency the prime minster, we are pleased to be the first to bring a Ramada Encore hotel to the Middle East."

He added, "Ramada Encore properties offer guests a quality product and excellent service at a reasonable price. We expect it to be a success in the Middle East where there is a shortage of budget and midscale hotels. By bringing Ramada Encore to Qatar, we will be contributing to the country's diversity of hotels and consequently its economic growth, which is a key objective for our group."

Regency Group Holding is a group of companies offering various products and services including property rentals, real estate investments, tour operations, subcontracting services and construction project management services.

Wyndham Hotel Group, part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies (NYSE: WYN), encompasses more than 7,000 hotels and 590,000 rooms under its 11 brands in 65 countries. All hotels are independently owned and operated excluding certain Wyndham and international Ramada hotels which are managed by our affiliate or through a joint venture partner.

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