Source: Hotel World Network, 14 October 2010
Following the recent opening of two luxury hotels in the cities of Shanghai and Chengdu, Wyndham Hotel Group announced its continued expansion in China with management agreements for three new Wyndham Hotels and Resorts properties in Boao, located in south China’s Hainan Island province.
The properties include the 300-room Wyndham Grand Boao Resort and Spa, to be part of the brand’s prestigious Wyndham Grand Collection; the 106-room Wyndham Boao Resort; and the 350-room Wyndham Boao Resort and Conference Center. The three hotels are owned by Hainan Baolian City (Boao) Company Limited, led by Chairman Weijie Zhu, who also is developing the 337-room, luxury Wyndham Grand Baolian Hotel Shanghai, scheduled to open in late 2011.
The announcement strengthens Wyndham Hotel Group’s position as the largest U.S.-based hotel company in China with 250 hotels representing over 40,000 rooms under the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Ramada, Howard Johnson, Days Inn and Super 8 brands. With the addition of these new signings, there are now 11 Wyndham branded properties currently open or under development in China.
“We are especially proud to work with Chairman Weijie Zhu and look forward to welcoming these magnificent properties to the Wyndham family as part of this major development project in Boao,” said Eric Danziger, Wyndham Hotel Group president and chief executive officer. “These resorts set new expectations for luxury hospitality in China and demonstrate our commitment to developing hotels of similar high caliber throughout Asia.”
The new Wyndham properties in Boao will join the 1,000 room Ramada Hotel & Suites Boao, also developed by Zhu. The Ramada Hotel & Suites Boao currently has 400 rooms open and available to guests, with the remaining 600 rooms expected to open by the end of 2010. The hotel complex is part of a larger plan by the developer to transform more than two square kilometers of the city’s ocean front real-estate into an upscale resort destination that will feature multiple retail and entertainment spaces.
“These spectacular projects will result in world-class service and accommodations in exceptional surroundings for the growing business and leisure market in Boao,” said Zhu. “By partnering with a growing multinational company like Wyndham, we hope to introduce our resorts to an even greater number of Chinese guests and international visitors.”
The 300-room Wyndham Grand Boao Resort and Spa, ideal for a luxury retreat, will feature an indoor swimming pool, extensive spa and fitness facilities, two restaurants, bar and 2,500 square-meters of meeting space. The property is due to open in 2017.
The 106-room Wyndham Boao Resort, offering stunning ocean views, will be situated on a private beach with three outdoor swimming pools, fitness center, spa, two restaurants, lobby lounge and over 2,000 square meters of state-of-the-art conference space. Currently under construction, the luxury resort is due to open in 2013.
The 350-room Wyndham Boao Resort and Conference Center will specialize in meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions with over 3,600 square meters of meeting and event space. Hotel facilities will include three restaurants, bar, indoor swimming pool, fitness center and spa. Currently under construction the hotel is due to open in 2019.
The properties will join Wyndham Hotel Group’s managed portfolio of nearly 30 properties around the globe, including the 588-room Wyndham Xiamen in Xiamen, China; the 600-room Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa – A Wyndham Grand Resort in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico; and the 162-room Wyndham Grand London Chelsea Harbour in London.