450-room Wyndham Grand Resort in Clearwater Beach, Fla., Breaks Ground

450-room Wyndham Grand Resort in Clearwater Beach, Fla., Breaks Ground

January 14, 2015 // Franchising.com // PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Wyndham Hotel Group, the world's largest hotel company with approximately 7,590 hotels and part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), today announced the signing of a management agreement to expand its upscale Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® brand in Florida with the addition of a beachfront Wyndham Grand® resort in Clearwater Beach.

Wyndham Grand Resort Clearwater Beachnew-construction, 450-room Wyndham Grand Resort Clearwater Beach, which has broken ground on South Gulfview Boulevard at the north end of the prominent Beach Walk, will become one of the largest hotel resorts in the market upon opening in early 2017. With approximately 24,000 square feet of event space, it will also house one of the largest banquet and meeting facilities in Florida's Pinellas County. The development is expected to generate more than 1,900 jobs for the area.

Wyndham Grand Resort Clearwater Beach is owned by Florida philanthropist Dr. Kiran Patel, a long-standing partner of Wyndham Hotel Group who owns two Wyndham Grand properties in Tucson, Ariz., and Pittsburgh, Pa.

The signing furthers the Hotel Group's efforts to expand its namesake Wyndham® brand and the brand's ensemble of distinguished Wyndham Grand® properties in top travel markets throughout the United States. The announcement follows the recent openings of two Wyndham Grand properties in Florida also operated by Wyndham Hotel Group's management company, the landmark Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach and the new-construction Wyndham Grand Jupiter, further serving the millions of leisure and business travelers who visit the state each year.

"We are very proud to team up once again with an esteemed, established owner and developer in Dr. Patel to expand our flagship Wyndham Grand name and our management services with a spectacular resort in one of Florida's most popular tourist destinations," said Geoff Ballotti, president and chief executive officer at Wyndham Hotel Group. "With its prime waterfront location, high-end design and wide array of first-class amenities, this property will play a significant role in the Clearwater Beach community, while also representing the distinct, one-of-a-kind experiences that our Wyndham Grand properties offer."

Services and amenities at Wyndham Grand Resort Clearwater Beach will include a large outdoor pool complex, a full-service spa, multiple restaurants accessible from Beach Walk and immediate access to one of America's top beaches. It is located just 20 minutes from downtown Tampa and Tampa International Airport.

"I am excited to be moving forward and expanding my partnership with Wyndham," stated owner and developer Dr. Patel. "This particular development has a great level of significance and meaning to me because it's in my backyard. This will be a legacy project for me, becoming a landmark addition to Clearwater Beach."

Guests staying at the hotel upon opening who are members of Wyndham Rewards® – the free-to-join guest loyalty program of Wyndham Hotels and Resorts and parent company Wyndham Hotel Group and the only hotel loyalty program to offer guaranteed rewards with just one qualified stay – will be able to earn valuable points during their visits. Points may be redeemed for a wide variety of reward options including free hotel stays, air travel, gift cards for leading retailers and restaurants 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 accommodations at more than 180 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 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.

Wyndham Grand® properties are 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.

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 7,590 hotels and 655,300 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 more than 38 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



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