Wyndham Hotel Group and Grand City Hotels Sign Austria’s First Wyndham Grand
Expand strategic alliance with signing of 17 hotels for a total of 60 properties
BERLIN (Sep. 30, 2013) - Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company with approximately 7,410 hotels and part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), today announced the signing of 17 hotels representing over 2,300 rooms across Germany and Austria in association with Grand City Hotels.
Adding to the agreement signed by the two companies in February this year to rebrand 43 hotels, the strategic alliance now extends to 60 hotels and over 7,500 rooms across four countries under the Wyndham Grand® (seven properties), Wyndham® (six), Wyndham Garden® (17), TRYP by Wyndham®(21) and Days Inn® (nine) flags.
The latest signings include the first Wyndham Hotels and Resorts-branded property in Austria, a Wyndham Grand hotel in Salzburg, and 16 hotels throughout Germany, including five which opened today in Hamburg, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Dortmund and Cologne. The expansion takes the total number of Wyndham Hotel Group properties open in Germany to 89.
“We are thrilled to expand our offering in Germany and Austria through our ongoing collaboration with Grand City Hotels,” said Rui Barros, Wyndham Hotel Group’s senior vice president and managing director for Europe, Middle East and Africa. “With 89 hotels across Germany under brands spanning upper-upscale to budget, we now offer travellers in the country unrivalled choice and diversity under one umbrella.”
“To launch our namesake Wyndham Hotels and Resorts brand in Austria is also extremely exciting and marks the next logical step in growing the brand’s portfolio in Europe, following its successful introduction to Germany earlier this year,” added Barros.
Guests staying at any of the newly opened hotels who are members of Wyndham Rewards®, Wyndham Hotel Group’s free-to-join guest loyalty programme, can 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 restaurants and more. Information is available at www.wyndhamrewards.com.
Christian Windfuhr, chief executive officer, Grand City Hotels, reaffirmed the company’s commitment to the partnership.
“Adding a further 17 hotels to our alliance with Wyndham Hotel Group is a meaningful continuation of our strategic goal to bundle our franchise relations with a partner who has a strong presence in potential source markets and who can move business into our hotels through a very effective worldwide sales and reservation system,” he said.
About Wyndham Hotel Group
Wyndham Hotel Group, part of the Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN) family of companies, is the world’s largest hotel company with approximately 7,410 hotels and over 635,100 rooms in 67 countries under 15 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 licence 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 Ramada, Days Inn and Super 8 hotels outside of the U.S.A., which may be managed by one of the affiliates of Wyndham Hotel Group.
Wyndham Hotel Group is based in Parsippany, New Jersey, U.S.A. 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.
About Wyndham Rewards
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 and offers nearly seven million active members the chance to earn and redeem points for stays at nearly 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.
About Grand City Hotels
With over 120 hotels in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain, Hungary and Cyprus, Grand City Hotels ranks as one of the leading hotel management companies in Europe. Grand City has more than 13,000 hotel rooms at its disposal and welcomes more than three million guests annually. All the hotels are operated by Grand City and marketed under renowned brands such as Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, TRYP by Wyndham, Days Inn, Radisson Blu, Best Western, Mercure, and Holiday Inn.
The scope of Grand City’s management activities covers general management, sales and marketing, e-commerce, revenue management, purchasing, controlling and business development including hotel finance and acquisitions. The latest TREUGAST Investment Ranking lists Grand City Hotels at "AA." Further information on the hotel portfolio is available from www.grandcityhotels.com.