Wyndham Worldwide is planning to expand its presence in India and the sub-continent, including the launch of more hotels, resorts and vacation rental properties.
The company has unveiled plans for 10 new hotel properties to join Wyndham Hotel Group’s regional portfolio, and three new vacation ownership resorts joining the RCI network. These properties will cover a range of brands and locations in India and Bangladesh.
“With a renewed focus on travel and a growing middle class, India is becoming one of the fastest growing travel markets in the world,” said Stephen P. Holmes, chairman & CEO of Wyndham Worldwide, who was speaking at an event in New Delhi.
“Our global portfolio encompasses virtually every type of travel accommodation, from hotels to timeshare to vacation rentals and more, making Wyndham Worldwide uniquely positioned to deliver great results for our hospitality partners and great travel experiences for guests.”
Wyndham Hotel Group currently operates 25 hotels in the Indian sub-continent with another 28 in the pipeline. The company said its hotel portfolio has experienced almost 200% growth in India over the past five years.
This week’s announcement of 10 new hotel signings includes properties under the Howard Johnson and Ramada Plaza brands in India and the launch of the first Ramada and Days Inn properties in Bangladesh.
RCI meanwhile, currently has more than 130 properties in India representing approximately 80% of the country’s entire vacation ownership portfolio. The latest phase of the timeshare company’s expansion includes new properties in the Union Territory cities of Silvassa and Daman and a resort in Udaipur.
“We are excited to see that Indian travellers are embracing timeshare,” said Holmes. “The vacation ownership segment is a powerful and growing driver of tourism in India and thanks to the continued efforts of RCI, our affiliated resorts, and our industry partners, timeshare providers today are delivering great experiences for guests and creating memorable vacation experiences for owners who keep coming back year after year.”
While in India, Holmes and the Wyndham team will also visit Christel House India in Bengaluru, which was launched by RCI’s co-founder Christel DeHaan in 1998 and is supported by the Wishes by Wyndham Foundation.