Wynn Las Vegas Updates Mask Policy to Comply with CDC Guidelines

Fully Vaccinated Guests Are Not Required To Wear a Mask

LAS VEGAS, May 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Beginning this evening, Wynn Las Vegas (Nasdaq: WYNN) and Encore will communicate to guests that they are not required to wear a mask if they are fully vaccinated and are required to wear a mask if they are not.  The resort trusts guests to take the appropriate precautions based on their personal vaccination status

Likewise, company employees will follow a similar policy. The Company currently has a vaccination rate of 91 percent among its employees in Las Vegas and as a result, was granted permission by the Nevada Gaming Control Board to amend its occupancy and physical distancing requirements.  Effective May 10, the gaming areas at both Wynn and Encore were permitted to run at 100 percent occupancy and plexiglass dividers were removed from all table games and slot machines. 

Employees and guests of the resort will continue to follow health and safety guidelines and comply with current CDC and regulator guidelines to ensure and safe and healthy environment for all. 

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Caesars Entertainment Returns to Full Capacity Gaming Floors at all Las Vegas Resorts

LAS VEGAS, May 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Caesars Entertainment announced today that the Nevada Gaming Control Board has approved a return to full occupancy, without social distancing, on the casino floors at all nine of the company’s Las Vegas properties.

The change comes through a Nevada Gaming Control Board waiver recognizing that Caesars Entertainment has taken measurable and material steps to vaccinate its workforce.

“The expansion to full capacity and the elimination of social distancing on our casino floors in Las Vegas is a result of our Team Members’ commitment to doing their part to put us all on the road to recovery,” said Tom Reeg, CEO of Caesars Entertainment. “We are grateful to our Team Members who have chosen to be vaccinated and will continue to offer incentives and provide easy, on-site access to vaccines for all of our Team Members in Las Vegas. While this shift is encouraging, we understand that the battle is not yet won, and it is through a continued commitment to health and safety that Las Vegas can most quickly rebound.”

Caesars Entertainment Team Members will still be required to wear masks at all times.  Guests will be required to wear masks unless actively smoking, eating, or drinking.  Those guests who have been fully vaccinated are welcome to remove their masks when seated at any of the resorts’ pool areas.

Caesars Entertainment’s properties moving to 100% fire code capacity, without social distancing, on the casino floor are:

  • Bally’s Las Vegas
  • Caesars Palace Las Vegas
  • The Cromwell
  • Flamingo Las Vegas
  • Harrah’s Las Vegas
  • The LINQ Hotel + Experience
  • Paris Las Vegas
  • Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
  • Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

About Caesars Entertainment, Inc.

Caesars Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: CZR) is the largest casino-entertainment company in the U.S. and one of the world’s most diversified casino-entertainment providers. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, in 1937, Caesars Entertainment, Inc. has grown through development of new resorts, expansions and acquisitions. Caesars Entertainment, Inc.’s resorts operate primarily under the Caesars®, Harrah’s®, Horseshoe® and Eldorado® brand names. Caesars Entertainment, Inc. offers diversified amenities and one-of-a-kind destinations, with a focus on building loyalty and value with its guests through a unique combination of impeccable service, operational excellence and technology leadership. Caesars is committed to its employees, suppliers, communities and the environment through its PEOPLE PLANET PLAY framework. For more information, please visit www.caesars.com/corporate.

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Live! Casino & Hotel Richmond Reaches One of the Largest Minority Equity Investments in Virginia’s History

The Cordish Companies’ Proposed Casino Entertainment Resort to Include $180 Million of Minority Equity Investment from Prominent Local and National Investors

RICHMOND, Va., May 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Cordish Companies announced today a historic achievement in providing opportunities for generational wealth building for Minority communities. The Company, along with its 50% Minority partnership team led by prominent Virginia businessman and Pro Football Hall of Fame legend, Bruce Smith, shared it has achieved $180 million in direct Minority investment for the proposed $600 million Live! Casino & Hotel Richmond resort. The Company will also be offering additional investment opportunities for small, Richmond-based Minority companies and individuals to participate in the project. With a combined $360 million of equity investment in the project, Live! will carry half the debt of the competing proposal and ensure the financial viability and success of the development.

The Cordish Companies’ Live! Casino & Hotel Richmond was selected today by the City of Richmond to advance as one of two finalists in a bid to bring a resort casino to the City. The company’s proposal is by far the strongest of the remaining two, including on such metrics as the Company’s track record and experience, job creation, tax revenues and community impacts for the City.

“We are incredibly proud to announce this historic achievement today of $180 million of direct Minority investment in Live! Casino & Hotel Richmond, one of the largest, if not the largest Minority equity investment in the history of Virginia,” stated Zed Smith, Chief Operating Officer of The Cordish Companies. “Our team of Minority equity partners represents a dynamic group of locally based and nationally recognized investors who share our passion and commitment to excellence and being a good community partner.”

Live! Casino & Hotel Richmond’s team of Minority equity partners includes prominent Virginians and Richmonders, former professional athletes and nationally recognized investors to position Live! as the strongest financial partner for the City of Richmond. Click here to view a video message.

  • Bushrod Family – Former 12-year NFL offensive lineman, two-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl XLIV Champion, Jermon Bushrod, and his father are natives of King George, Virginia and work together through The Visualize and Rize Foundation to provide students with the necessary tools to reach their full potential.
  • Davis Family – Davis Brothers Construction Company, Inc. (DBCC) is one of the oldest family owned and operated construction companies in Virginia. Presenting over 100 years of continuous and exceptional service, DBCC has an established record of quality, integrity and superior performance in projects. DBCC was the first contractor in America admitted to the Federal Government A-8 program and is today one of the largest Minority building contractors in the region.
  • Anthony Jimenez – An award-winning Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Virginia-based MicroTech, one of the largest Hispanic-owned IT integrators in the nation, Jimenez grew the startup into a profitable half billion-dollar company supporting organizations around the globe. Jimenez is a Retired Army Officer and a Service-Disabled Veteran with more than 24 years of Active Military Service, and an Appointee in both the Bush and Obama administrations. In recognition of his achievements, Jimenez has been named “Executive of the Year,” “Most Influential Hispanic in IT,” “Entrepreneur of the Year,” “Small Business Person of the Year,” and “CEO of the Year” by several national organizations.
  • Billy McMullen – A former Philadelphia Eagle and University of Virginia All-American receiver, McMullen played five years in the NFL, winning the 2005 NFC Championship with the Eagles and earning a trip to Super Bowl XXXIX. After his retirement, McMullen became heavily involved in the community, coaching and mentoring youth and people of all ages through his battle cry MADE FREE; a powerful message about personal identity.
  • Bruce Smith – Virginia native, former NFL player for the Buffalo Bills and the Washington Football Team, and holder of the League’s career record for quarterback sacks with 200. Smith was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009, his first year of eligibility. A native of Norfolk, Smith founded Bruce Smith Enterprise (BSE), a commercial real estate firm that specializes in the development of premier mixed-use projects.
  • Emmitt Smith III – A former professional football player with the Dallas Cowboys, Smith is a three-time Super Bowl champion and the League’s all-time leading rusher and Pro Football Hall of Fame member. Chairman of his namesake company, E Smith Advisors, Smith used his 12 years of experience as a real estate professional to create a premier real estate solutions and service provider. In partnership with Newmark Knight Frank (NFK), E Smith Advisors is part of a global network with operations in more than 400 offices worldwide. Smith is also a championship dancer, having won Dancing With The Stars in 2006.

“Our Minority partnership group is comprised of highly accomplished individuals from Virginia and across the country,” stated Bruce Smith, Pro Football Hall of Famer and partner in Live! Casino & Hotel Richmond. “I have known and worked with The Cordish Companies for many years and nobody has a better track record of building and operating the highest-quality urban mixed-use and gaming resort properties in the country.  In fact, Cordish has developed three of the highest grossing casino entertainment resorts in the country.  Our partnership group, including my friends Emmitt Smith III, Billy McMullen, the Davis Family and others are all committed to not only making a significant financial investment in the City, but just importantly, investing our time and philanthropic efforts in lifting our communities in Richmond to new heights.  We are also excited about providing additional investment opportunities for small, Richmond-based minority companies and individuals to participate in the project on the exact same terms we and Cordish are investing.”

“My roots are in Jackson Ward, specifically Gilpin Court. I went to school at Carver,” said Billy McMullen, Former NFL Athlete and partner in Live! Casino & Hotel Richmond. “My grandmother, my father and my family lived through the destruction of Jackson Ward by the building of Highway 95. They had no say and no solution for their own community, a generation of equity destroyed. A few years ago, when I heard that the City of Richmond voted to allow a casino, I thought it would be a great opportunity for the community to be able to come up with their own solutions to critical problems through a fund from a portion of the casino revenue. Fast forward, the Cordish team has done just that. Live! Casino & Hotel Richmond will provide a community fund of $200 million in the first 15 years alone to important causes like education and affordable housing. What gets me excited is that this fund is run by active community members. Who better to answer the needs of the community than the community itself? I’m all about individual and community empowerment and I know the community has its own answers. The Cordish Team shares my philosophy, and they are committed to supporting that in every way from philanthropy to job creation.”

The proposed project, located in the Scott’s Addition entertainment district of the City, includes a Four Diamond, 300-room Live! Hotel, spa & wellness center, 18 dining and entertainment venues featuring local and regional favorites, a 4,000-capacity live music venue that will host national touring artists, 70,000 square feet of multi-use event space, an upscale casino and 5-acre Festival Lawn which will host community events, concerts and festivals.  The project will also include a new cinema and several thousand free parking spaces that will be available for customers to all businesses in the area.  With easy access off Interstates 64 and 95, the project’s site is closer to the vast majority of the Richmond regional population than the competing site on the City’s southside.

“We have choices about who we do business with and partner with,” said Langston Davis, Jr. of Davis Brothers Construction Company, Inc. (DBCC) and partner in Live! Casino & Hotel Richmond.  “Without a doubt, the Live! team is the right choice for us and for Richmond. Their commitment to seek out investors who live and work in Richmond was very important to us. Cordish believes in being a partner in any city they do work in and their commitment to minority investment, job creation and community engagement is unmatched.”

Live! is projected to maximize jobs, tax revenue and community benefits to the City of Richmond including a $200 million community benefits fund to support neighborhoods and non-profits. 8,000 jobs will be created by the resort, including 5,000 construction jobs and 3,000 permanent jobs with the highest employee compensation package of the remaining proposals. Live!’s average wages and benefits package is over $60,000 per year and no employee will earn less than a $15 per hour minimum wage. The workforce development initiatives include partnerships with the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic African American Alliance, Virginia Union University and area community colleges to ensure significant educational and workforce development opportunities for City residents facing unemployment or chronic underemployment.

“We support the Live! Casino & Hotel project due to The Cordish Companies’ long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion in all facets of its business and the Company’s proven track record in delivering not only the highest quality developments over many decades, but its proven commitment to each of the communities in which it works. Talk is cheap and Cordish has shown it does what it says,” explained Michel Zajur, President/CEO of the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to 50% Minority ownership in the project, Live! is committed to a minimum 40% Minority participation in the project’s construction and robust participation in the ongoing operational spend on goods and services. The Company recently opened Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia, remaining steadfast in completing the project during the pandemic, safely keeping thousands of construction members at work and achieving 51% minority participation during construction. Additionally, the Company hired 2,000 new team members at this property during this critical time when unemployment had significantly increased, and well-paying jobs were needed most.

Visit www.RichmondLive.com for more information.

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MGM Resorts Returning To Full Gaming Floor Occupancy At Las Vegas Properties

Nevada Gaming Control Board approves waiver allowing 100% occupancy and no social distancing at MGM Resorts’ Las Vegas gaming floors

LAS VEGAS, May 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — MGM Resorts International (“MGM Resorts”) (NYSE: MGM) announced today that the Nevada Gaming Control Board has approved a return to 100 percent occupancy and no social distancing on the gaming floors located inside the company’s Las Vegas Strip properties. Those properties include:

  • Bellagio Resort & Casino
  • ARIA Resort & Casino
  • MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
  • Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
  • Park MGM
  • The Mirage Hotel & Casino
  • New York-New York Hotel & Casino
  • Luxor Hotel and Casino
  • Excalibur Hotel & Casino

“This is yet another major milestone in Las Vegas’ incredible recovery and a testament to the importance of vaccination in the effort to fully reopen our community,” said MGM Resorts CEO & President Bill Hornbuckle. “We will continue working to vaccinate as many people as possible and remain vigilant with health and safety protocols designed to protect our employees, guests and community. This vital work must continue for us to defeat this virus, and MGM Resorts is committed to doing our part to get it done.”

The waiver was granted based on MGM Resorts’ work to vaccinate its workforce and applies only to gaming floors. Current 80 percent occupancy restrictions and three-feet social distancing policies remain in effect outside of the gaming floors, including at restaurants, pools and other non-gaming areas and activities. Additional health and safety protocols will continue, including applicable mask mandates, based on regulatory requirements and expert guidance.

MGM Resorts has made vaccinating its workforce, partners and the surrounding community one of its top priorities and has taken comprehensive steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The company’s ongoing vaccination efforts include:

ON-SITE VACCINATIONS: MGM Resorts piloted the Las Vegas Strip’s first on-site vaccine clinic for employees, using Community Ambulance as its provider at no cost to employees. Located inside the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, MGM Resorts’ clinic has vaccinated thousands of employees, their families, third-party partners and entertainers. MGM Resorts has also partnered with Community Ambulance to do pop-up vaccine clinics at every one of its Las Vegas properties to remove even more barriers for employees to receive the vaccine.

VACCINE INCENTIVE CAMPAIGN: To further increase vaccination rates among its employees, MGM Resorts launched the internal “Show Your Vaxx” incentive campaign. By uploading their CDC vaccination cards into MGM Resorts’ internal portal, employees are entered into drawings for a chance to win a variety of prizes, including show tickets, restaurant vouchers, spa vouchers, hotel stays/experiences and cash. The program is designed to reward employees who have been vaccinated with both monetary prizes and the chance to enjoy the very best that MGM Resorts has to offer, free of charge.

VACCINE EDUCATION CAMPAIGN: As employees became eligible for vaccination, MGM Resorts launched an internal education campaign, “Get the Facts About the Vaxx” – a robust employee-focused campaign designed to emphasize the importance of vaccination to the community’s health and economic recovery. The campaign featured video content and testimonials from community and company leaders promoting the benefits of vaccination and its role as an essential tool for defeating COVID-19.

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IHG Hotels & Resorts’ avid hotels continues rapid growth with new property open in Fort Worth, Texas, and six additional openings across US

The  avid hotels brand is growing with seven new hotels in new cities, including three hotels in one of the fastest- growing states in the U.S. – Texas. These new hotels offer the type of hospitality guests value most – the essentials that make a difference, and the experiences that feel just right every time.

 

The 2020 Census revealed Texas had the biggest population jump with nearly 4 million more residents added in the last 10 years. With dozens of companies in the technology and infrastructure segments calling Texas home, avid hotels now has properties in Austin, Fort Worth, and the Corpus Christi area.

 

In addition to avid hotel Austin-Tech Ridge, avid hotel Corpus Christi Portland (TX), and avid hotel Fort Worth-Fossil Creek, the brand is also growing with avid hotel Columbus Northwest – Hillard, avid hotel Fort Mill – Amusement Park, avid hotel Savannah South-Gateway, and avid hotel Kalamazoo East.

 

These new hotels have been thoughtfully designed to meet guests’ expectations and feature fresh and modern spaces, “Good All Round” grab-and-go complimentary breakfast and guest rooms made for a great night’s rest.

 

The newest addition to avid hotels family, avid hotel Fort Worth – Fossil Creek, marks the 37th property for the brand and is located 15 miles from Sundance Square Downtown, home to the Bass Performance Hall, the Texas Motor Speedway and the famous Fort Worth Stockyards. Fort Worth is known as the gateway to the West, and the hotel staff is ready to welcome interstate visitors from the neighboring cities of Waco, Austin, Dallas, and Oklahoma City.

 

Kalpesh Patel, Buffalo Lodging LLC (Texas), owner, avid hotel Fort Worth – Fossil Creek, commented: “We’re so excited to bring the avid hotels brand to the vibrant city of Fort Worth and help guests experience all that this area has to offer. This hotel is suited to both business and leisure travelers and has exceptional details guests will appreciate, including black-out roller shades, a spacious room and free Wi-Fi. We look forward to welcoming our first guests to this new property soon.”

 

All seven new-build properties are designed from the brand’s prototype and feature guest-centric hallmarks such as best-in-class room design, new technology and grab-and-go breakfast. All rooms are designed for sound sleeping, with a high-quality mattresses and linens, choice of firm and soft pillows and a purposeful design that reduces noise. All avid hotels stays are backed by the IHG Clean promise, which guarantees that the room will be ‘just right’ upon arrival and is cleaned against a 50-point checklist. If the room does not meet the promise upon check-in, the hotel will offer an immediate room change.

 

Karen Gilbride, VP of avid hotels and Atwell Suites, commented: “With travel on the rise across the country, each brand-new avid hotel offers a clean and safe stay. Guests can be confident that their visit will be ‘just right’. Our focus on the basics done exceptionally well at a fair price means that the guests will have a great experience. We are excited by the momentum of this brand and to be working with great partners like Buffalo Lodging LLC.”

 

The avid hotel brand is part of IHG Hotels & Resorts strong Essentials brand portfolio, which includes trusted hotel brands such as Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express and is part of IHG Rewards, one of largest hotel loyalty programs in the world. Since its introduction in 2017, the brand has quickly grown across the U.S. and Mexico with more than 180 hotels under development throughout the Americas region. Additional avid hotels will be coming to the cities of Macon (GA), Fayetteville (NC), Memphis (TN), Round Rock (TX), and Lexington (KY) this year.

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SURVEY: 71% SUPPORT TARGETED RELIEF FOR HOTEL INDUSTRY

Hotels are Only Major Hospitality and Leisure Segment Yet to Receive Direct Aid

WASHINGTON (May 12, 2021)A recent national survey commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) shows more than seven in ten Americans (71%) support the federal government providing targeted economic relief to the hotel industry as called for in the Save Hotel Jobs Act. The legislation, introduced by U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-Fla.), will provide a lifeline to hotel employees, providing up to three months of full payroll support.
Recently, AHLA and UNITE HERE, the largest hospitality workers union in North America, joined forces to call on Congress to pass the Save Hotel Jobs Act. While many other hard-hit industries have received targeted federal relief, the hotel industry has not. In fact, hotels are the only major hospitality and leisure segment yet to receive direct aid. Without targeted relief from Congress, nationwide, hotels are expected to end 2021 down 500,000 jobs.

The survey of 2,200 adults was conducted March 1 – March 3, 2021 by Morning Consult on behalf of AHLA. Key findings of the survey include the following:

  • 71% of respondents support targeted economic relief for the hotel industry and its workforce
  • 79% of Democrats support targeted economic relief for the hotel industry and its workforce
  • 71% of Republicans support targeted economic relief for the hotel industry and its workforce
  • 60% of independents support targeted economic relief for the hotel industry and its workforce

“While many other hard-hit industries have received targeted federal relief, the hotel industry has not. No industry has been harder hit by the pandemic, and the results of this survey make clear that Americans support targeted Congressional action to keep hotel workers employed,” said Chip Rogers, president and CEO of AHLA. “After the most devastating year on record for hotels, we need additional support from Congress to retain and rehire our associates, revive our local communities and restart our economy.”
No industry has been more affected by the pandemic than hospitality. Leisure and hospitality has lost 2.8 million jobs during the pandemic that have yet to return, representing more than 25% of all unemployed persons in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even more stark, the unemployment rate in the accommodation sector specifically remains 225% higher than the rest of the economy.

While leisure travel outlook continues to grow, the hotel industry is still hurting from this pandemic. Business travel is down 85% from pre-pandemic levels and is not expected to fully return until 2024. Unlike leisure travel, which can often be booked or changed at the last minute, meetings and events are scheduled months, if not years, in advance. Major events, conventions and business meetings have also already been canceled or postponed until at least 2022.

Survey Methodology

This poll was conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of AHLA. The survey was conducted March 1-3, 2021 among a national sample of 2,200 adults. The interviews were conducted online, and the data were weighted to approximate a target sample of adults based on age, gender, educational attainment, race, and region. Results have a margin of error of plus or minus 2.0 percentage points.

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Atwell Suites™ momentum continues in 2021 with second hotel now under construction in Denver

ATLANTA (May 10, 2021) – IHG® Hotels & Resorts, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, announced today that the second Atwell Suites™ hotel is now under construction in Denver, owned by Kendall Combs and KJ Hotel Properties. The new Colorado property follows the Atwell Suites Miami Brickell, which is expected to open later this year. IHG also announced the latest signings for the brand including Galveston, Texas, owned by Harold Smart and Smart Hotels and Fishers, Indiana owned by Mitesh Patel and Striving Legacy Fishers.

 

Karen Gilbride, Vice President, avid hotels and Atwell Suites, IHG, commented: “The Atwell Suites hotel design and guest experience has been thoughtfully created for guests booking a longer stay with a desire to explore and discover while delivering an efficient build cost and operating model for owners. We congratulate KJ Hotel Properties for being the first to bring this dynamic brand to Colorado and look forward to welcoming guests to the Mile High City!”

 

Expected to open in early 2022, the Atwell Suites Denver Airport – Tower Road is located in Colorado’s most populous city and is within close proximity to Denver International Airport. The property is in an ideal location for both business and leisure travels with FlightSafety International, a flight training and simulator manufacturer, and Frontier Airlines headquarters located within a mile of the property. Additionally, the property is situated close to many local dining and entertainment options.

 

Kendall Combs from KJ Hotel Properties, commented: “We’ve partnered with IHG for over 20 years and have multiple Candlewood Suites properties in our portfolio and Staybridge Suites properties in the pipeline. As a previously awarded Developer of the Year with Candlewood Suites and years of experience in the extended stay segment, we are excited to bring the Atwell Suites brand to the Denver market. With close proximity to the airport, we know its convenient location along with the property’s flexible design will appeal to both business and leisure travelers looking for a fulfilling experience.”

 

Introduced in 2019 as a design-led, dynamic, all-suites hotel brand optimized for longer stays of up to six nights, Atwell Suites is IHG’s newest brand and currently has 21 properties in the pipeline, including properties in vibrant markets such as Dallas, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Austin, TX.

 

The Atwell Suites brand is designed for guests looking for inspiration and seeking opportunities to discover, learn and grow as they travel. Key brand hallmarks include flexible and enriching spaces that help guests easily switch between work and rest, surprising touches along the guest journey that create an atmosphere that sparks connections and conversations, and a unique approach to food and beverage, with a great complimentary breakfast when the sun’s coming up, and an inviting paid bar with shareable small plates for when the evening’s getting started.

 

To learn more about Atwell Suites, visit www.atwellsuites.com.

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Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Accelerates Strong Growth Trajectory, Converting Over 50 Hotels to its Brands in First Quarter 2021

PARSIPPANY, N.J., May 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest hotel franchising company with over 8,900 hotels across nearly 95 countries, remains on a steady growth trajectory around the world and is continuing to debut new properties and enter new destinations. In a year of significant challenges for the hospitality industry, Wyndham strengthened its portfolio to generate sequential growth in system size and its development pipeline. The company’s non-urban, drive-to economy and midscale hotels, combined with ongoing investment in sales and marketing, helped capture rising pent-up leisure travel demand, which continued to drive sequential RevPAR improvements and domestic market share gains for franchisees.

In the first quarter of 2021, Wyndham converted 52 independent and branded hotels to one of its 20  brands, accounting for over 70% percent of its global room additions. The brand’s overall development pipeline has continued to expand both domestically and internationally with new conversion opportunities. The company awarded 112 new franchise contracts in the first quarter of 2021, and by March 31 the development pipeline had grown sequentially from Q4 to approximately 1,400 hotels and approximately 187,000 rooms.

“Our portfolio of iconic hotel brands offers a wide range of experiences and price points for guests as well as strong opportunities for franchisees and developers,” said Geoffrey A. Ballotti, president and chief executive officer, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. “Our global sales, marketing and loyalty teams are looking forward to helping more travelers discover all these new hotels.”

A selection of the company’s recent hotel conversions to date are noted below by region.

Americas

Wyndham signed a nine-hotel franchise agreement in Q1 with The Thrash Group for its namesake, upscale, Wyndham® brand in the U.S. The nine hotels, all managed by Charlestowne Hotels, span across the U.S. and include a mix of lifestyle-focused boutique hotels, historic hotels and new construction hotels scheduled to open later this year and next. “Converting our hotels to Wyndham has allowed us access to new resources and further opportunities, which supports us in running our business proficiently,” said Ike Thrash, founding partner, The Thrash Group. “That paired with the award-winning brand’s recognition will help contribute to my Thrash’s overall success and hopefully further development of additional Wyndham properties.”

In downtown San Francisco, The BEI Hotel in San Francisco, is another recent conversion for the Trademark Collection that is scheduled to open in May. Located by the Financial District and Union Square, guests can stay in the heart of the city and enjoy well-appointed guest rooms, a fitness center and other inviting amenities. Just 14 miles from San Francisco International Airport and 20 miles from Oakland International Airport, this contemporary, hotel is surrounded by world-class restaurants and minutes from Civic Center Plaza, Moscone Center, and Union Square. And on Long Island, N.Y., the award winning and LEED certified Viana Hotel & Spa converted to a Trademark by Wyndham.

New conversion hotels in the Caribbean include the Kunuku Resort All Inclusive in Curacao along with the Turtle Island Beach Resort, in Belize — both of which are converting to Trademark Collection by Wyndham. The most recently awarded Caribbean franchise contract is to The Buccaneer Beach & Golf Resort in St. Croix, an upscale property that will be converting to Wyndham’s Trademark Collection and mark the first Wyndham Hotels & Resorts property in St. Croix. The family owned and operated 340-acre resort is the island’s only four-star resort, offering 130 guest-rooms and suites.

In Latin America, TRYP by Wyndham Guayaquil, Ecuador was recently converted to a Wyndham as part of the company’s urban lifestyle brand. The centrally located hotel is steps away from the city’s top dining venues, the Mall del Sol and the Guayaquil Convention Center.

Asia Pacific

In Asia Pacific, the Company’s expansion continues where the number of its executed deals in the pipeline are nearly 50% larger than it was a year ago. Conversion activity was strong, with a 5 star hotel in Xin Yang Henan Province, China converting to the Wyndham Xin Yang. The company also recently welcomed the Ramada Encore by Wyndham Shanghai Pudong Airport. With more than 1,500 hotels in 20 regional markets and territories, the company is in a leading position within the region and is on track to reach 2,000 hotels in Asia Pacific within the next three years.

Europe

In Europe, the recent March opening of Hotel Avenue Louise Brussels, Trademark Collection by Wyndham marked Wyndham’s first Trademark Collection hotel in Belgium. The 78-room stylish hotel underwent a $3.1 million refurbishment and offers guests the perfect balance between comfort and local charm in the heart of Brussels.

Middle East

The debut of the very first La Quinta by Wyndham brand in the Middle East was will be made with the 100-room La Quinta by Wyndham Dubai Bur Dubai, in one of the city’s bustling commercial hubs offering easy access to leisure attractions. The newly refurbished hotel will open in May boasting contemporary guest rooms and elegant interiors.

Interested developers can visit the Wyndham Franchise Development website, or contact the Wyndham Franchise Development team by email at development@wyndham.com for more information.

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