August 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Wyndham Hotel Group, the world's largest hotel company with approximately 7,540 hotels and part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), today announced the launch of a new on-line learning management system aimed at enhancing and expanding training opportunities for thousands of franchisees.
Available at no additional cost to hotel owners in the U.S. and Canada - with plans to expand internationally later this month - the system, known as the SoHO Learning Zone or SLZ, provides hotel general managers with easy access to a wide variety of self-paced training courses as well as live and pre-recorded webinars covering nearly all aspects of the hospitality business. The system also provides managers with the ability to enroll new team members, create customized learning paths and monitor team progress, all through one central portal. The system is administered by the Wyndham Hotel Group's School of Hospitality Operations (SoHO).
"In designing and developing this system, we wanted to ensure that we are providing franchisees with one of the most comprehensive and robust training systems available," said Annemarie Fairweather, senior vice president of Global Learning and Development at Wyndham Hotel Group. "Not only is the system simple and easy to use but it provides our hotel owners with a highly effective and efficient way of managing their professional development and the development of their teams."
Nearly 100 training courses are available through the new system, all of which were either developed by Wyndham Hotel Group or licensed for use through the American Hotel and Lodging Association. Course topics are diverse and range from everything from front desk operations and service culture, to online reputation management and marketing, to best practices in housekeeping.
Wyndham Hotel Group, part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), is the world's largest and most diverse hotel company with approximately 7,540 hotels and 650,200 rooms in 71 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 a license agreement to franchise the Planet Hollywood Hotels brand and provide management services globally.
All hotels are independently owned and operated excluding certain hotels which are owned or managed by an affiliate of Wyndham Hotel Group.
Wyndham Rewards, the guest loyalty program of Wyndham Hotel Group, is the world's largest lodging loyalty program as measured by number of participating hotels. It offers over 37 million members the chance to earn and redeem points for stays at over 7,000 hotels throughout more than 50 countries worldwide.
In addition to free stays, members may redeem their points for hundreds of reward options. For more information, visit www.wyndhamrewards.com.
Wyndham Hotel Group is based in Parsippany, New Jersey, U.S. Additional information is available at www.wyndhamworldwide.com. For more information about hotel franchising opportunities visit www.whgdevelopment.com. For Wyndham Hotel Group "@ a Glance", click here.
SOURCE Wyndham Hotel Group