Wyndham Hotel Group Continues to Expand Management Division in the Middle East and Africa

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- Signs Ramada Hotel & Suites Amwaj Island in Bahraini capital Manama - - Two thirds of the company’s Middle Eastern pipeline to be operated under management agreements -

DUBAI, UAE (06 May 2015) – Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company and one of three hospitality business units of Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), today announced the continued expansion of its managed property portfolio with the signing of the 162-room Ramada® Hotel & Suites Amwaj Island in Bahrain.

Wyndham Hotel Group Continues to Expand Management Division in the Middle East and AfricaThe signing adds to the company’s existing pipeline of managed hotels across the Middle East, which includes three further openings in Bahrain, along with properties in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.  In total, two in every three deals in Wyndham Hotel Group’s Middle Eastern pipeline are now planned to open under management contracts.
 
“Managing hotels gives us the opportunity to demonstrate the true essence of our powerhouse brands, engage with prestigious partners looking for holistic operating structures and to get closer to our guests and our customers,” commented Dan Ruff, Wyndham Hotel Group’s president and managing director, Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Indian Ocean. “Signing yet another management agreement in the Middle East - this time for the impressive Ramada Hotel & Suites Amwaj Island - just weeks after opening our first managed hotel in Africa, demonstrates both our commitment to the growth of the division as well as the scale of this exciting opportunity.”
 
Upon opening in September this year, Ramada Hotel & Suites Amwaj Island is expected to offer 162 guest rooms ranging from spacious superior rooms to three-bedroom suites.  Within walking distance from Amwaj Marina and the Amwaj Lagoon, the hotel is expected to include several food and beverage outlets including an all-day-dining restaurant and lobby café, as well as the city’s first Moroccan fine dining outlet, which will be situated on a rooftop terrace offering stunning views of the Arabian Sea. 
 
Flexible meeting space at the hotel will accommodate up to 175 people theatre-style, while extensive leisure facilities will include a state-of-the-art gymnasium, a spa, a swimming pool and an indoor Jacuzzi with a sauna and steam rooms. 
 
The hotel is owned by Mannai Holding S.P.C, one of Bahrain’s largest conglomerates and a prolific hotel developer. The group also owns the Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham hotel under construction in the city. 
 
"We are proud to partner with Wyndham Hotel Group to expand the world-renowned Ramada brand in Bahrain, as well as to introduce the country’s first Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham hotel,” said Mr. Salim Ahmed Mannai, chairman of Mannai Holding Group.  “Both hotels will help service the demand for quality, branded hotel accommodation in the market upon opening later this year.”   

Guests staying at Ramada Hotel & Suites Amwaj Island who are members of Wyndham Rewards®, Ramada’s free-to-join guest loyalty programme, will be able to 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 more. Information is available at www.wyndhamrewards.com.
 

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About Ramada
Part of Wyndham Hotel Group, Ramada Worldwide® is a global chain of 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 centres. Properties also offer travellers the opportunity to earn and redeem points through Wyndham Rewards®, the brand’s guest loyalty programme, which can be joined for free at www.wyndhamrewards.com. The brand celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2014.

Each Ramada hotel is independently owned and operated, except for certain Ramada hotels outside of the U.S. which are managed by an affiliate. Ramada Worldwide is a subsidiary of Wyndham Hotel Group and parent company Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN). Reservations and information are available by visiting www.ramada.com.
 
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 7,670 properties and 667,000 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®, Ramada Encore®, Baymont Inn & Suites®, Days Inn®, Super 8®, Howard Johnson®, Travelodge® and Knights Inn®. Wyndham Rewards, the company’s guest loyalty programme offers more than 40 million members the opportunity to earn and redeem points at thousands of hotels across the world. For more information visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.
 

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