Wyndham Expands in Latin America with Panama Resort at Playa Blanca

July 26, 2012 // Franchising.com // PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company with over 7,170 hotels and part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), today announced the expansion of its upscale Wyndham® Hotels and Resorts brand in Panama with the addition of the Wyndham Grand Playa Blanca, a 220-room all-inclusive resort located on the Pacific coast in Panama’s Coclé Province.

The beachfront property, owned by Casa de Campo Farallon, S.A., and operated by RG Hotels, becomes the third hotel in Panama to fly the Wyndham® flag, joining sister properties Veneto – A Wyndham Grand Hotel and Wyndham Garden Panama City, both located in Panama City.

Wyndham Grand Playa Blanca is part of the prestigious Wyndham Grand® Collection, an ensemble of distinguished hotels within the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts brand that represent one-of-a-kind experiences in key destinations with refined accommodations, attentive service and relaxed surroundings.

“Adding a high-quality resort property like Wyndham Grand Playa Blanca to our company’s portfolio reflects our mission to develop Wyndham Hotel Group brands in key locations in this booming region,” said Daniel del Olmo, Wyndham Hotel Group’s senior vice president and managing director, Latin America. “Rapidly emerging business opportunities coupled with attractive beaches and cultural destinations have positioned Panama for exceptional growth in the hotel and travel industry. We are thrilled to be an integral part of this expansion and look forward to bringing additional hotels to the country to better serve travelers’ lodging needs.”

The resort opening strengthens Wyndham Hotel Group’s presence in Latin America, which currently consists of over 90 properties and more than 10,000 rooms in 13 countries throughout the region under the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Ramada®, Days Inn®, Howard Johnson®, Wingate by Wyndham®, Microtel Inn & Suites® by Wyndham and TRYP by Wyndham™ brands.

Located on a private stretch of beach, Wyndham Grand Playa Blanca is 90 minutes west of Panama City and 80 miles from Tocumen International Airport. The resort’s all-inclusive plan provides guests with unlimited meals, snacks and beverages, as well as non-motorized sports, entertainment and recreational activities, included in room rates.

Contemporary guest rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows revealing ocean or garden views, complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access, 32-inch LCD flat screen televisions, in-room refrigerators and laptop-sized safes. Spacious suites offer kitchenettes, sleeper sofas and balconies.

Guests can relax in private cabanas by one of the resort’s three pools, one of which is designated especially for children. Additional resort amenities include a 24-hour fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment, concierge services, gift shop and a variety of recreational activities, such as kayaking, snorkeling and beach volleyball. Families with small children can take advantage of the on-site arcade and activity center, which offers a range of indoor and outdoor activities daily.

Five restaurants and bars offer a variety of all-inclusive dining experiences, ranging from expansive breakfast buffets and al fresco dining to grab-and-go snacks and upscale a la carte restaurants showcasing Panamanian, Mediterranean and Asian cuisines.

Wyndham Grand Playa Blanca serves as an ideal location for a tropical business meeting or social event with over 7,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space accommodating up to 600 guests. Event services include on-site meetings professionals, catering services and audio visual equipment.

Upon opening, the hotel will be available on www.wyndham.com as well as GrupoWyndham.com, which currently offers consumers information and reservations in Spanish for select Wyndham Hotel Group properties across Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama.

About Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC, offers upscale hotel and resort accommodations throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, China and the Caribbean. All Wyndham® hotels are either franchised by the company or managed by Wyndham Hotel Management, Inc., one of its affiliates or through a joint-venture partner. Additional information and reservations for all Wyndham hotels are available by visiting www.wyndham.com.

About Wyndham Hotel Group

Wyndham Hotel Group is the world’s largest hotel company with over 7,170 hotels and approximately 608,300 rooms in 66 countries under the hotel brands: Wyndham® Hotels and Resorts, Ramada®, Days Inn®, Super 8®, Wingate by Wyndham®, Baymont Inn & Suites®, Microtel Inn & Suites® by Wyndham, Hawthorn Suites® by Wyndham, TRYP by Wyndham™, Howard Johnson®, Travelodge® and Knights Inn®. In addition, the company has license agreements to franchise the Planet Hollywood Hotels, Dream® and Night® brands and provide management services globally.

All hotels are independently owned and operated excluding certain Wyndham, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham and TRYP by Wyndham hotels, as well as certain international Ramada, Days Inn and Super 8 hotels, which may be managed by one of the affiliates of Wyndham Hotel Group. Wyndham Hotel Group is based in Parsippany, N.J. Additional information is available at www.wyndhamworldwide.com. For more information about hotel franchising opportunities visit www.whgdevelopment.com or desarrollo.grupowyndham.com.

The beachfront Wyndham Grand Playa Blanca, located on Panama’s Pacific coast, offers an all-inclusive resort plan, 220 guest rooms, three pools and five restaurants and bars for vacationing guests.The resort’s contemporary guest rooms feature ocean or garden views through floor-to-ceiling windows, flat screen televisions and complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access.

Media Contact:

Kathryn Zambito
Public Relations Manager
Wyndham Hotel Group
22 Sylvan Way
Parsippany, NJ 07054
+1 (973) 753-6590
kathryn.zambito@wyn.com

Editors: High-resolution versions of the above images may be downloaded by clicking here. Additional photos and logos can be downloaded from the Wyndham Worldwide Media Center, available here. For more information about Wyndham Worldwide Corporation and its businesses, go to www.wyndhamworldwide.com.

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