Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is bolstering its network of midscale hotels and extending the global footprint of its Wingate by Wyndham brand with the recent opening of 14 locations across both hemispheres, including the first Wingate hotel in China and new additions to the brand’s established presence in the U.S. and Canada.
The June introduction of Wingate's first hotel in China, plus additions across the U.S. and British Columbia, Canada, bring the expanding brand’s global presence to nearly 170 hotels. As of June 30, Wingate’s global pipeline consisted of 74 hotels, nearly 60 percent of which were new construction.
“The global middle class, which is growing steadily at an estimated rate of 160 million people each year, continues to travel more and seek out great experiences and value,” Tom Barber, chief development and strategy officer, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, said in a statement. “Expanding Wingate in high-demand markets around the world exposes the brand to new circles of travelers, and doing so with established hotel developers...will help propel continued growth and success.”
Driving Wingate’s latest growth spurt in the U.S. is a newly signed franchise agreement with State Bank of Texas for 10 hotels across the Midwest and Northeast; the addition of an 80-room hotel in Moses Lake, Wash.; and the opening of the newly constructed, 123-room Wingate by Wyndham Nashville Airport, the brand’s first location in Nashville. Located 3 miles from Nashville International Airport and 10 miles from downtown, the hotel puts travelers close to where they need to be.
This is the first of four Wingate hotels owned by Corinthian Development Company to open in the U.S., with locations under construction and set to open in the next year in Seattle; San Jose, Calif.; and Denver. The brand plans to add a newly built location in Long Island City, N.Y., in 2019.
Debuting in China
In China's Hainan Province, the 190-guestroom Wingate by Wyndham Sanya Luhuitou is the brand’s first hotel in China and the Asia-Pacific region. With its temperate climate, the expansion of international flights and greater visa-free access for tourists arriving to Hainan from more than 50 countries, tourism and demand in Sanya is on the rise, making it a prime market for hotel development.
Wyndham plans to expand the Wingate brand further in China, with a 345-room hotel in Xining set to open in 2020.
The addition of the brand’s latest Canadian destination—the 83-room Wingate by Wyndham Kamloops—marks the brand’s debut in British Columbia and widens its current footprint in the country to eight hotels.
Located off the Trans-Canada Highway near the North and South Thompson rivers, the hotel puts guests in the heart of the Kamloops, which saw a record year of tourism growth in 2017 with nearly 2 million visitors.
Wyndham will continue adding to Wingate’s Canadian roster, having recently signed deals for two hotels in Lethbridge, Alberta, and Kanata, Ontario, expected to open in 2019 and 2020, respectively.
Wyndham’s portfolio has nearly 9,000 hotels and 20 brands across more than 80 countries on six continents.