MOSCOW—Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has plans to open 15 new hotels in Russia and neighboring countries within the next two years.
The expansion will boost the company’s footprint in the region, reaching 35 operational hotels and more than 5,700 rooms by 2021 across a number of markets including Russia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
Wyndham’s growth plan in the region will see the addition of seven new hotels and more than 1,300 rooms in Georgia alone. The new openings will further grow the company’s current presence in Tbilisi and Batumi, with the addition of new destinations in Kutaisi and Goderdzi, including a mountain ski resort in the south of the country. Since entering Georgia in 2016 with just one hotel, Wyndham has gained strong momentum in the market, with the introduction of Wyndham Grand and Ramada Encore by Wyndham in Tbilisi. The company has plans to reach 10 hotels in the next two years across a range of hotel brands and segments, including Wyndham Garden, Ramada and Tryp by Wyndham, as well as the design-focused economy brand Super 8 by Wyndham.
Growth plans for Russia will see the continued expansion of the Ramada by Wyndham brand with a new hotel in Kislovodsk next year, adding to a strong portfolio of six Ramada by Wyndham hotels across the country. In addition, Wyndham will launch the Ramada Encore by Wyndham brand in the market, with a new-construction hotel in Yekaterinburg in 2020, and an additional opening in St. Petersburg by 2025.
Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan
Wyndham is continuing solid growth in Kazakhstan with the addition of two hotels in the resort village of Burabay and in the city of Shymkent in 2020. Other upcoming additions will include new hotels in Uzbekistan’s capital Tashkent and the historic city of Bukhara.
“From thriving cities to captivating landscapes, this region provides an attractive variety of opportunities for our industry, and we are incredibly proud of our presence in these markets,” said Dimitris Manikis, president/managing director, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, EMEA. “With a wealth of emerging destinations yet to be discovered, and an increase in international as well as domestic arrivals, we see a lot of potential in the region. Our expansion plan is closely aligned to our vision to make hotel travel possible for all, not only to meet an increasing demand for high-quality accommodation, but also to suit any traveler’s needs, wherever and however they want to travel across the region.”
Some of the latest openings in the region include the following:
Ramada by Wyndham Bishkek Centre, Kyrgyzstan—Located in Kyrgyzstan’s capital and largest city, Bishkek, the hotel opened in July 2019, marking Wyndham’s first hotel in the country. The hotel provides guests with modern accommodation in downtown Bishkek, close to the State Historical Museum and other attractions, and various facilities including three restaurants and bars.
Wyndham Grand Tbilisi, Georgia—Located in the city of Tbilisi with tourist and local attractions all within a short walking distance, the hotel opened in May 2019 and offers 158 guestrooms and suites. It has five conference spaces as well as a lounge bar and three restaurants. The hotel’s lobby has a bespoke 72-ft. chandelier and ballroom with views of city.
Ramada by Wyndham Yerevan, Armenia—Wyndham’s first property in Armenia, the hotel opened in April 2019 and is located close to Republic Square, with views of Mount Ararat and the scenic city center of Yerevan. The 202-room hotel has four designed meeting rooms, a fitness center, sauna and hammam.
Some of the upcoming openings in the region include:
Ramada Encore by Wyndham Yekaterinburg, Russia—The first Ramada Encore by Wyndham hotel in Russia, the hotel is expected to open in November 2020 and will be part of a mixed-use complex including a shopping mall and a multipurpose conference center. The 214-room hotel will provide a conference hall, a fitness center, varied F&B outlets, a lounge area, as well as a large parking space, all in a location with access to the railway station, Yekaterinburg’s business district and its historic center.