Wyndham International, Inc. (NYSE:WYN) announced today five-year extensions of its existing management agreements for the 238-room Wyndham Orange County Airport in California and three hotels in Galveston, Texas: the 231-room Hotel Galvez and 117-room Tremont House, both Wyndham Historic Hotels, and the 42-room Harbor House, a non-proprietary branded property. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
“As we move closer toward becoming a leading branded hotel operating company, our focus on franchise and management contracts intensifies,” said Fred J. Kleisner, chairman and chief executive officer of Wyndham. “We are committed to seeking out new opportunities in these important areas and, more importantly, in remaining focused on achieving strong operating performance at those properties we already manage.”
The Wyndham Orange County Airport is owned by Amgreen Heritage Hotel Partners and has been managed by Wyndham Management Corporation, an affiliate of Wyndham International, since March 1993. It was originally flagged a Wyndham Garden Hotel, but was converted to a Wyndham Hotel in April 2001 when its amenities and in-room standards were upgraded and its services expanded. The property is located just minutes from the airport and is convenient to the Performing Arts Center and the South Coast Plaza Shopping Mall. It offers 5,600 square feet of meeting space, an outdoor heated pool, an exercise facility and jogging trails, as well as a Terranova Bar & Grille, which features a blend of Northern California and Italian cuisine.
“This agreement reaffirms our continued confidence in Wyndham`s management and its growth strategy,” said Joseph Amoroso with Amgreen Heritage. “The industry-leading standards they continue to set for the Wyndham brand and the their ability to implement changes consistently across locations are important components to their success at instilling loyalty among guests.”
The three hotels in Galveston are owned by 1870 Strand Corp., a family-owned business, and have been managed by Wyndham since August 1997. The two Wyndham Historic Hotels were reflagged to carry the Wyndham name in July 1998.
The Hotel Galvez - A Wyndham Historic Hotel is located literally across the street from the Gulf of Mexico, just minutes from downtown Galveston and The Strand Historic District, which offers a variety of shops, restaurants and museums. It is 45 minutes from Houston`s William P. Hobby Airport and offers 14,713 square feet of meeting space, an outdoor pool and fitness center.
The Tremont House - A Wyndham Historic Hotel is situated in the heart of Galveston Island`s Strand Historic District and just minutes from the Gulf of Mexico`s water`s edge. The property offers 17,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 7,946-square-foot ballroom.
The Harbor House is located on Pier 21, within walking distance of the Texas Seaport Museum, Tall Ship Elissa, The Great Storm Theater, and local retail shops and restaurants. Guests of the hotel are welcome to the use of the amenities and facilities at the nearby Hotel Galvez and Tremont House.
“We continue to be impressed with Wyndham`s dedication to quality and excellence,” said Todd Mitchell, president of 1870 Strand Corp. “Our relationship with Wyndham affords our hotels numerous advantages, including access to an advanced reservations system, national marketing and advertising programs, and purchasing savings.”
All Wyndham-branded hotels feature Wyndham ByRequest, the company`s unique guest recognition program, which is aimed at personalizing each guest`s stay according to his or her individual preferences. In addition, guestrooms feature Wyndham`s “Room That Performs” amenities, which include Serta(R) mattresses dressed in luxurious duvets/coverlets, decorative pillow shams and bed skirts, and Joseph Abboud(R) queen-size pillows and sheets, as well as Herman Miller(R) ergonomic desk chairs, oversized work desks and two-line cordless telephones.
Wyndham International, Inc. (NYSE:WYN) offers upscale and luxury hotel and resort accommodations through proprietary lodging brands and a management services division. Based in Dallas, Wyndham International owns, leases, manages and franchises hotels and resorts in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe. For more information, visit www.wyndham.com. For reservations, call 800-Wyndham.