Wyndham Hotel Group Signs First Upscale Property in Africa

September 25, 2014 // Franchising.com // NAIROBI, Kenya – 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 signing of a management agreement for the first upscale Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® property in Africa, the Wyndham Amboseli Golf Resort and Spa, close to the Amboseli National Park in Kenya.

Wyndham Amboseli Golf Resort and SpaThe 290-room resort, complete with an 18-hole golf course, conference centre and spa, is expected to open in 2017, becoming the second Wyndham Hotel Group brand to launch in the country following the signing earlier this year of the first Ramada® hotel in Nairobi.

The addition of Wyndham Amboseli Golf Resort and Spa continues the rapid growth of the company's namesake brand in the Middle East and Africa, joining five other Wyndham Hotels and Resorts properties under development in the region. Other locations under construction include the iconic twisted glass façade of Wyndham Grand Manama in Bahrain and the 497-room Wyndham Dubai Marina in the United Arab Emirates, both expected to open in 2015.

"As Kenya's economy continues to grow, demand continues to increase for internationally renowned, world-class brands in virtually all segments, from budget through to upscale and extended stay," said Bani Haddad, Wyndham Hotel Group's regional vice president for the Middle East and Africa. "With Wyndham Amboseli Golf Resort and Spa catering to discerning leisure and business travellers and Ramada Nairobi welcoming business guests in the capital, Wyndham Hotel Group will be well placed to cater to both international and domestic travel needs in Kenya."

Wyndham Amboseli Golf Resort and Spa will be located approximately 160 kilometres (100 miles) from Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, bordering the country's second most-visited national park. Offering stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro and the surrounding nature reserves, the resort will combine state-of-the-art, flexible meeting space with fitness facilities including swimming pools and a tennis court.

"Our vision for the 400-acre site was to create a new class of luxury resort incorporating not only world-class golf and spa facilities but also a 300-delegate capacity, international standard conference centre as well as serviced plots for the development of private cottages," said Dr. Anthony Monyo, chairman of Wyndham Amboseli Golf Resort and Spa. "The Wyndham® brand, with its upscale positioning and strong global footprint, provided the ideal fit and I'm extremely proud to be partnering with Wyndham Hotel Group to bring the brand to Africa for the first time."

In addition to the 18-hole championship golf course, the development will include what is expected to be the country's first executive nine-hole course, designed for golf enthusiasts with limited time.

Guests staying at the hotel who are members of Wyndham Rewards®, the free-to-join guest loyalty programme of Wyndham Hotels and Resorts and parent company Wyndham Hotel Group, will be able to earn valuable points during their stay. Points may be redeemed for a wide variety of reward options including free hotel stays, air travel, gift cards for leading retailers and more. Information is available at www.wyndhamrewards.com.

About Wyndham Hotels and Resorts

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC, a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), offers upscale hotel and resort accommodation at more than 170 properties throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East and China. All Wyndham® hotels are either franchised by Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC or one of its affiliates, or managed by Wyndham Hotel Management, Inc. or one of its affiliates. Additional information and reservations for all Wyndham hotels are available by visiting www.wyndham.com.

About Wyndham Hotel Group

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 licence 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 programme of Wyndham Hotel Group, is the world's largest hotel loyalty programme as measured by number of participating hotels. It offers over 37 million members the opportunity to earn valuable points for qualified stays at more than 7,000 hotels in 50 countries. 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 or email development.EMEA@wyn.com.

SOURCE Wyndham Hotels and Resorts

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