April 29, 2016 // Franchising.com // Dubai, UAE – Wyndham Hotel Group today announced the signing of two new properties in the important emerging city of Muscat, Oman, under the umbrella of two of its globally recognised brands, Ramada Encore and Ramada Hotel & Suites. Connected by a footbridge, the three star Ramada Encore Muscat Al Ghubra and four star Ramada Hotel & Suites Muscat Al Ghubra will be strategically situated along Sultan Qaboos street; a short distance from Muscat International Airport, nearby shopping centres and Oman’s renowned Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Both properties are owned by the Al Khaleel Group.
Dan Ruff, Wyndham Hotel Group’s president and managing director for EMEA, explained: “Oman’s unrivalled natural beauty spans spectacular mountains to beautiful coastal regions, attracting many types of travellers with 12 million expected in 2020. It’s clear there’s a demand for the international quality of accommodation that only our brands can offer. The signing of these two hotels is a real milestone for Wyndham Hotel Group as they join the existing Ramada Qurum Beach presenting even more choices to Muscat’s business and leisure visitors.”
Providing accommodation options for all types of traveller, the two hotels will address both the mid and upper-midscale market. The signing of the Ramada Encore Muscat Al Ghubra marks the planned construction of 200 stylish rooms with 173 standard rooms and 27 suites, addressing the need for style and functionality for value-conscious guests. Boasting state-of-the-art business facilities and a wealth of leisure amenities including a fitness centre, roof top pool and café, all-day dining restaurant and coffee lounge, the hotel will not only be the first Ramada Encore to open in Oman, but will become the largest of its kind across the Middle East & Africa.
Immediately adjacent, the Ramada Hotel & Suites Muscat Al Ghubra will offer contemporary accommodation across 90 high-end suites and share its leisure facilities with those at the Ramada Encore. Breakout spaces and a coffee lounge measuring over 100 square metres will accompany three meeting rooms, with high speed internet access available to guests throughout the hotel. The conversion of the current residential building is due to begin in 2017, with both properties to open their doors simultaneously at the end of 2018.
Sheikh Mohammed Al Khalili, Chairman of the Al Khaleel Group added, “I am truly honoured to partner with Wyndham Hotel Group as the world’s largest hotel group and the industry leader. This project will contribute to the social-economic development of the Sultanate and allow us to provide jobs to Omanis, which will also generate a positive impact on local businesses.”
All Ramada hotels in the region participate in Wyndham Rewards®, the simple-to-use, revolutionary loyalty programme from Wyndham Hotel Group that offers members a generous points earning structure along with a flat, free-night redemption rate in 72 countries across the world – the first of its kind for a major hotel rewards programme. To learn more or to join for free, guests should visit www.wyndhamrewards.com.
Wyndham Hotel Group is the world’s largest hotel company based on number of hotels and is one of three hospitality business units of Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN). As both a leading hotel brand franchisor and hotel management services provider, the company’s global portfolio consists of nearly 8,000 properties and approximately 679,100 rooms in 73 countries under the following brands: Dolce Hotels and Resorts®, Wyndham Grand®, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts®, Wyndham Garden® Hotels, TRYP by Wyndham®, Wingate by Wyndham®,Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham®, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham®, Ramada®, Baymont Inn & Suites®, Days Inn®, Super 8®, Howard Johnson®, Travelodge® and Knights Inn®. Wyndham Rewards, the company’s guest loyalty program, offers more than 45 million members the opportunity to earn and redeem points at thousands of hotels across the world. For more information, visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.
Part of Wyndham Hotel Group, Ramada® is a global chain of nearly 840 midscale and upscale hotels. Most properties offer a wide-array of services and amenities, including but not limited to high-speed wireless Internet access, on-site restaurants, lounges, room service, concierge service, meeting and banquet facilities and business centers. Properties also offer travelers the opportunity to earn and redeem points through Wyndham Rewards®, the brand’s guest loyalty program, which can be joined for free at www.wyndhamrewards.com. Each Ramadahotel is independently owned and operated, except for certain Ramada hotels outside of the U.S. which are managed by an affiliate. Ramada Worldwide Inc. is a subsidiary of Wyndham Hotel Group, LLC and parent company Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN). Reservations and information are available by visiting www.ramada.com.
Wyndham Hotel Group is the world’s largest hotel company based on number of hotels, encompassing nearly 8,000 properties and approximately 679,100 rooms in 73 countries. Additional information is available at www.wyndhamworldwide.com. For more information about hotel franchising opportunities visit www.whgdevelopment.com.
Ramada Encore offers modern and ergonomically designed accommodations that feature stylish wooden floors in all guest rooms, innovative bathroom pods featuring walk-in power showers and vibrant social spaces. For more information, visit www.ramada-encore.com.