LAS VEGAS (April 1, 2015) – To conclude its fourth global brand conference today, Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company based on number of hotels and part of the Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), treated its more than 6,000 franchisees to a closing keynote session featuring the 42nd and 43rd Presidents of the United States.
President Bill Clinton, Founder of the Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States, and President George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States and Founder of the George W. Bush Foundation, spoke to a variety of topics during the session, which was moderated by Katherine Lugar, president and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the largest trade association representing the United States lodging industry.
The Presidents discussed their views on business, domestic and international matters, including leadership, emerging markets and economies and life after the White House.
“To have had these former world leaders, who have become such great friends, with us today to share their views on the world was a thrill for all of us in attendance,” said Geoff Ballotti, president and CEO of Wyndham Hotel Group. “Throughout this year’s global conference, we’ve been focused on the work our franchisees and owners embark on every day to make our industry a better place through positive change – and we hope that their experience today with President Clinton and President Bush inspires them to continue to serve their communities and customers around the world. It was a great honor for all of us to be here with them.”
Lugar echoed the significance of the event, saying, “The value that comes with giving business owners in the hospitality industry access to such renowned thought leaders is priceless. Both Presidents have a unique perspective that is so important today as the industry engages with Congress and the White House to advance policies that grow and create jobs. I thank Wyndham Hotel Group for giving us all the chance to hear and learn from President Clinton and President Bush today.”
Wyndham Hotel Group also announced that its next global brand conference will take place Sept. 12-15, 2016, at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
About Wyndham Hotel Group
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 approximately 7,650 properties and 661,000 rooms in 70 countries under the following brands: Dolce Hotels and Resorts® (acquired February 2015), Wyndham Grand® Hotels and Resorts, 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 38 million members the opportunity to earn and redeem points at thousands of hotels across the world. For more information visit, www.wyndhamworldwide.com.