Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company with nearly 8,000 hotels across a portfolio of 16 iconic brands, has announced the appointment of Philippe Bijaoui to the role of chief development officer for Europe, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa (EMEA).
In this role Bijaoui will oversee the company’s rapid expansion across the region, introducing additional brands to established markets and building on the 73 countries where Wyndham Hotel Group hotels can already be found.
Bijaoui has more than 20 years of hotel real estate and development experience in markets across EMEA and most recently served as vice president Development Europe for InterContinental Hotel Group, where he defined and implemented the development strategy for the region. He has also previously held senior development roles with Rezidor, Club Med, HVS International, City Hotels S.A. and Groupe Immobilière Hôtelière. Bijaoui has a Master of Business Administration with a focus on hotel and catering management from I.M.H.I. Cornell, and speaks multiple European languages.
“All around the world a rapidly growing middle class is discovering the excitement of international travel. Wyndham Hotel Group’s development strategy is bold but simple – we work with local partners to bring quality accommodation to a diverse number of locations, so that, no matter where adventure leads, our guests can find the hotel brands they know and love,” said Daniel Ruff, President and Managing Director EMEA for Wyndham Hotel Group. “Philippe has a stellar reputation in the EMEA development community, and I am confident he is the best person to lead our aggressive expansion plans for the region.”