HB ON THE SCENE: Wyndham Hotel Group Signs Deal with Pronobis for Quito Airport Hotel

QUITO, ECUADOR—Wyndham Hotel Group has signed a franchise agreement for the Wyndham Quito Airport Gran Condor, the first Wyndham Hotels and Resorts property in Ecuador’s capital city. The announcement was made during the South American Hotel Investment Conference here.

The full-service, 146-room property, which is owned by Pronobis, is the only hotel on the new international airport grounds, according to Wyndham Worldwide Corp. The property is part of an existing deal to develop and franchise eight hotels in the country under Wyndham Hotel Group brands over 10 years.

Upon opening in late 2015, the hotel will be the fifth Wyndham Hotel Group property developed and operated by Pronobis, joining the Wyndham Guayaquil—the first Wyndham Hotels and Resorts property to open in Ecuador—and three Howard Johnson hotels operating in Quito, Guayaquil and Loja.

Wyndham Quito Airport Gran Condor will be situated within the Mariscal Sucre International Airport development, allowing travelers convenient access to the airport and central Quito. Services and amenities will include an onsite restaurant, lobby bar, pool, gym and spa facilities. The hotel will also offer four 77-sq.-meter meeting rooms that can be converted to a large 300-sq.-meter conference room.

The hotel’s design is inspired by the condor. “This bird is a symbol of our country’s heritage and plays an important role in Andean region mythology,” said Sergio Torassa, CEO of Pronobis. “It will be an icon and a very distinctive element when our guests arrive in Quito.”

Wyndham Hotel Group is focused on rapid expansion in Latin America with 127 hotels open in the region as of June 30, 29 of which operate under the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts brand. Since 2012, two Wyndham-branded resorts in Panama have joined the portfolio. The first Wyndham hotels opened in Ecuador, Colombia and Peru last year, and the first Wyndham resort in Nicaragua is scheduled to open in 2015. Additionally, the company announced the signing of a franchise agreement for the first Wyndham-branded resort in Cost Rica last week.