Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Continues Expansion in the Middle East
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts – one of the world’s largest hotel franchising companies with over 9,200 hotels across more than 80 countries – continues to ramp up its expansion across the Middle East with the opening of two new hotels in Muscat, Oman.
Marking the introduction of the Wyndham Garden and Ramada Encore by Wyndham brands to Oman, the openings underscore Wyndham Hotels & Resorts’ commitment to strengthening its presence in the market and further support Oman’s ambitious Vision 2040 programme, which includes a focus on developing the country’s mid-market hotel sector and creating more job opportunities, in a bid to welcome 11 million visitors to the Sultanate by 2040.
Over the past year, the Sultanate has become an increasingly popular destination for travellers, witnessing an increase of more than 25% in inbound visitors in the first six months of 2019 alone. The surge in visitor numbers follows the Ministry of Tourism’s sustained efforts to promote Oman as a key travel destination and attract investment to the sector.
Panos Loupasis, Vice President Development, Middle East, Eurasia & Africa, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, said: “The anticipated openings of these two new hotels in Muscat mark a significant milestone as we seek to expand our presence in this important market. We want to bring diverse accommodation choices to travellers across the Sultanate, and support Oman in its ambitious 2040 tourism plans, particularly on developing its mid-market hotel sector. With their unrivalled locations in the heart of Muscat’s business and leisure district, these newest additions to the Wyndham Garden and Ramada Encore by Wyndham family are the perfect properties to complement our growing offering in the region, and guests can look forward to the same exceptional service they have come to expect from our brands around the world.”
Set across eight floors and bringing 143 new rooms and suites to the city, Wyndham Garden Muscat Al Khuwair is expected to open later this month. Located on Sultan Qaboos Street, just 20 minutes from Muscat International Airport, the new hotel boasts state-of-the art leisure facilities with two swimming pools, steam rooms and saunas, as well as three food and beverage outlets. Part of a mixed-use development including a shopping mall and an office tower, the hotel will also feature five well-appointed corporate meeting rooms, making it an ideal destination for business events.
Ramada Encore by Wyndham Muscat Al Ghubra is expected to open in March 2020 and will be located in the heart of Muscat, next to the Al Ghubra roundabout on Sultan Qaboos Street, just minutes away from three of the city’s major shopping malls. With easy access to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the Royal Opera House and Muscat’s international airport, the hotel will also boast 163 rooms, a rooftop pool with sundeck and a fully equipped fitness centre and spa. Additional facilities for the meeting, incentives, conferencing and exhibitions (MICE) industry will include a multi-function boardroom which can be used as a meeting space, or as a theatre.
The new hotels will complement Wyndham’s existing presence in the city, Ramada by Wyndham Qurum Beach Muscat located near Muscat’s popular Qurum beach, bringing travellers even more options to experience Muscat.
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts’ openings in Oman are part of Company’s wider growth plans for the Middle East and Africa region, which include the addition of 23 new properties by 2023 and are focused on expanding the economy and mid-scale offering across the region.
The two new hotels in Oman will be managed by Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, adding to over 400 managed hotels operated globally and expanding its managed capabilities into new and established markets.