Wyndham Hotel Brand Debuts in China with Xiamen Opening

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Wyndham Hotel Group has launched the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts brand in China with the opening of the brands first property, a newly constructed, 588-room luxury hotel in Xiamen. The new hotel also marks the first Wyndham-branded hotel managed by Wyndham Hotel Management, Inc. in the Asia Pacific region.

The 26-floor, five-star Wyndham Xiamen hotel, owned by Xiamen He Ping Li Hotel Ltd., features five food-and-beverage outlets, 37,000 square feet of meeting space, a 2,658-square-foot business center and diverse fitness facilities.

We are honored to debut the Wyndham brand in China, said Jeff Wagoner, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts president. This magnificent hotel represents one of the very best the Wyndham brand has to offer and demonstrates our commitment to developing similar luxurious hotels throughout Asia.

According to Wagoner, the introduction of the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts brand in China fulfills a strategic objective to develop the chain and Wyndham Hotel Management capabilities in Asia.

In a country that revels in architectural excellence, the Wyndham Xiamen does not disappoint, with a 66-foot-high waterfall; 23-foot-tall lobby chandelier glistening with 882 large crystal drops and 88 light bulbs; and the hotels front face, which includes 460 energy-efficient lights that create a kaleidoscope of changing colors and designs at night. Completing the decor is a 23-foot-high statue at the hotels entrance named the Goddess of Heping, representing an interpretation of the indigenous goddess of the sea, Mazu, considered to be a protector of East Asian fishermen and sailors.

Guest rooms include 161 suites, 216 non-smoking rooms and 130 serviced apartments, ranging in size from 500 to 1,065 square feet, all with views of the ocean or city skyline. The top five floors comprise the Wyndham Club, with 90 executive rooms, library, business services, meeting room and split-level lounge.

Each guest room features high-speed Internet service, glass-design bathrooms with separate shower and bath, feather-down bedding, 32-inch, flat-screen LCD TVs, a safety deposit box with power to recharge laptops while stored and nightly turndown service, room cleaning and refreshed linens.

The centerpiece of the meeting facilities is a 13,558-square-foot, pillarless grand ballroom that can accommodate up to 1,000 guests. The hotel has 11 additional meeting rooms for small- to medium-sized groups. Services include state-of-the art meeting rooms, independent audio visual facilities, internet access and translation equipment.

The business center offers four workstations with internet access, facsimile machines, photocopiers and color laser printers. A concierge is available to arrange city tours, limousine service, same-day laundry and golf services at nearby courses.

Wyndham Xiamens fitness center features an exercise room, indoor heated swimming pool and weight-lifting equipment. Personal instructors and trainers are available to all guests.

Five food-and-beverage outlets offer an array of international cuisine, including an all-day restaurant, Japanese restaurant, Chinese restaurant, lobby lounge and the Wyndham Club lounge, which serves breakfast and drinks with a sea view.

The hotel staff represents 20 of Chinas 34 provinces and speaks 19 Chinese dialects or languages and five international languages. Hotel General Manager Dominique Galperti, who has directed the hotel project, has more than 25 years of hospitality experience in both Asia and Europe.

Located along the southeast coast of China, Xiamen is a key gateway city and a favored destination for foreign investment. The city has commercial links with Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Xiamen's primary economic activities include fishing, shipbuilding, food processing, tanning, textiles, machine tools manufacturing, chemical industries, financial and telecommunication services.

Xiamen also is a tourist city widely known for its seaport and coastline. The city's tourist attractions include Gulangyu Island also known as Piano Island, Nanputuo Temple, stores featuring local products including tea leaves and sugar canes and water tours of the many small islands that are clustered along the coast near the city.

Wyndham Hotel Group currently franchises 175 hotels and five brands throughout China.

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