The expansion started this week with the opening of the Ramada Nanjing, which is owned by a subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines. This new business hotel is located close to Nanjing‘s Lokou International Airport and offers 156 rooms, a 24-hour airport shuttle service, a business centre, fitness centre, two restaurants and meeting space.
And this opening will be followed by seven more Ramadas across China between now and 2017, including locations in Jiangsu, Hubei, Shandong, Guangdong and Sichuan provinces, and the city of Shanghai.
Several of the properties will operate under the Ramada Encore brand.
“Ramada is a well-known, global brand that is highly regarded in the minds of travellers, and it’s because of these traits that the brand continues to see strong interest from the hotel development community,” said Leo Liu, Wyndham’s president & managing director for Greater China.
“With these newest properties, we’re strengthening the brand’s footprint in China and expanding its reach into what we believe to be key second-tier and third-tier cities.”
The next new hotel to open will be the 245-room Ramada Plaza Chibi in Hubei, which is expected to launch later this year. The six remaining properties, which are all scheduled to open by 2017, include the 150-room Ramada Encore Emeishan, the 200-room Ramada Encore Shanghai Hongqiao, the 200-room Ramada Dongying, the 243-room Ramada Guangzhou Conghua, the 300-room Ramada Suzhou and the 200-room Ramada Jining.
Combined, the eight new properties will increase the size of the Ramada portfolio in China by more than 10%. Currently the brand has more than 60 hotels in China.