Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is expanding fast in New Zealand with its long-term partner in the country, Safari Group, with a joint pipeline of seven properties and growing.
The company has just signed a franchise agreement with Safari Group for the Ramada by Wyndham hotel in Wellington. Marking its debut in the capital city is the Ramada Suites by Wyndham Taranaki Street Wellington, scheduled to open in late 2020.
This latest signing brings the two companies’ joint New Zealand pipeline to seven hotels, three of which will open this year.
Scheduled to open in Auckland come August is the 85-room Ramada Suites by Wyndham Auckland Manukau Pacific Centre. The 10-storey, new-build hotel will offer studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments with laundry and cooking facilities, as well as on-site gym, restaurant and other amenities. Located in Auckland’s South, the hotel is close to the Vodafone Event Centre, Rainbow’s End theme park and the Vector Wero Whitewater Park.
In addition, the 47-room Ramada Suites by Wyndham Auckland Victoria Street West will in September open in Auckland’s central business district. The property sits atop the historic Cambridge clothing factory and is surrounded by landmark attractions including Aotea Square, Sky Tower and Auckland Conference Centre.
In the same month, Queenstown will welcome the Ramada Hotel & Suites by Wyndham Queenstown Central. The property will feature 131 rooms along with an on-site restaurant, gym and conference facilities. Overlooking Lake Wakatipu, the hotel is within walking distance of Queenstown’s main shopping and entertainment areas, and is a short drive from the ski slopes of Coronet Peak and the Remarkables.
The three hotels are owned and developed by the Safari Group and will operate under a franchise agreement with Wyndham Hotels & Resorts.
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts currently licenses or operates nine hotels across New Zealand, five of which are Safari Group developments.
“With its spectacular scenery and enticing attractions, New Zealand is a highly desirable destination for international travellers – especially the new generation of affluent Asian visitors. Arrivals to New Zealand have increased by more than 50 per cent since 2010, due in part to its rising popularity in countries such as China,” said Joon Aun Ooi, president and managing director, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, South East Asia and Pacific Rim.
According to government data, a total of 3.9 million international travellers visited New Zealand in the year ended March 31, 2019, up 1.3 per cent year-on-year. This year marks the sixth consecutive year of growth.