Wyndham steps up Ramada growth across India

The Ramada by Wyndham Gandhidham Shinay is slated to open early next year. Photo credit: Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

The Ramada by Wyndham brand is gaining ground in India, with four openings so far this year and plans to open three additional hotels by early 2020 in key destinations such as Thiruvananthapuram and Aligarh.

Recent openings in India include the 69-room Ramada by Wyndham Kapurthala, the brand's first in the city; the 80-room Ramada by Wyndham Bengaluru Yelahanka, the brand's debut in Bengaluru; the 97-room Ramada by Wyndham Jaipur Jaisinghpura; and the 207-room Ramada Plaza Lucknow Hotel & Convention Centre, a meetings-centric property that is part of a dual development with the existing Ramada by Wyndham Lucknow.

Hotels expected to open in early 2020 include the 60-room Ramada by Wyndham Gandhidham Shinay, the 60-room Ramada by Wyndham Aligarh GT Road, and the 108-room Ramada by Wyndham Thiruvananthapuram.


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Panos Loupasis, VP/development, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, noted the "terrific momentum" the travel industry as a whole is gaining in India, and the potential for branded hotels across the country, particularly in the mid-market segment. "Our latest openings and development plans further cement our commitment to India and the wider region," said Loupasis.

This expansion is part of the company’s comprehensive plan to bolster its footprint in the wider Indian sub-continent, including India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts’ portfolio in the region currently includes 46 hotels and more than 4,100 rooms with plans to add 40 hotels and more than 5,000 rooms by 2025. 

In addition to Ramada by Wyndham, the anticipated openings in the wider region will further expand the Ramada Encore, Howard Johnson and Days Inn by Wyndham portfolio, while also introducing the Wyndham Grand and Wyndham Garden brands.

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