Wyndham plants La Quinta flag in NZ

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (WH) is debuting its La Quinta by Wyndham brand in the South-east Asia and Pacific Rim (SEAPR) region with the signing of two new hotels in New Zealand.

La Quinta by Wyndham, to be known as LQ by Wyndham in the SEAPR region, is an upper-midscale brand with over 925 destinations in the Americas and Europe.

LQ by Wyndham Remarkables Park is slated to open in late 2020

The two hotels will be located in Auckland and Queenstown, under a franchise agreement with Safari Group, Wyndham’s long-standing partner in the region.

Nestled next to the scenic Kawarau River, the 87-key LQ by Wyndham Remarkables Park, is set to open its doors in late 2020; while the the 246-key LQ by Wyndham Greenlane Auckland will open in mid-2022 on the Great South Road in the city’s Ellerslie district.

Both LQ by Wyndham Remarkables Park and LQ by Wyndham Greenlane Auckland will feature a mix of accommodation for short and extended stays, and facilities including fitness centres and “grab & go” cafés.

Wyndham acquired La Quinta’s hotel franchise and management businesses in 2018, further building upon the company’s diverse family of hotel brands and offerings around the world.

The announcement comes off the back of the brand’s recent European debut in Istanbul – the first La Quinta to open outside the Americas – and underscores Wyndham’s commitment to accelerate the growth of the brand’s footprint internationally.

In 2019, Wyndham announced plans to debut the brand in the Caribbean market by opening eight hotels across the Dominican Republic within five years, and it grew La Quinta’s footprint in Mexico and Chile in 2018.

Joon Aun Ooi, president and managing director, SEAPR, WH, said: “Despite the current (Covid-19) situation, we are confident of the tourism momentum in New Zealand and that international travellers will return to seek out the country’s natural attractions and stunning scenery.”

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