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Wyndham's new brand in Chch

Wyndham Hotel Group currently has more than 100 hotels operating under a range of brands and is now bringing a new one to New Zealand.

Ramada ENCORE’s first build will be in Christchurch’s CBD, near the Canterbury Museum and Arts Centre and other attractions. 

Christchurch has recently gone through a tourism boom, the city’s tourism revenue grew 5% NZD $2.2 billion in the year ending January 2017, making Christchurch the country’s second largest tourism market – an ideal spot for the new brand.

Wyndham Hotel Group South East Asia and Pacific Rim president and managing director, Barry Robinson, says this development signifies the company’s desire to have a diverse presence in all New Zealand’s major cities.

‘Wyndham Hotel Group has achieved outstanding portfolio growth in New Zealand in the past two years, going from five hotels and resorts to nine existing or planned properties, with more on the way,’ he says.

‘Ramada ENCORE is a unique brand, different from any other lifestyle brand in New Zealand. 

It appeals to international and savvy domestic travellers alike through its modern features such as vibrant social spaces, contemporary bathrooms, wooden floors and bright colours. Ramada ENCORE will be the perfect fit for this trendy part of the city.’ 

Erin Hindmarsh, managing director of franchise Lepdon Holdings, says the hotel will have a positive impact on Christchurch, including the employment of at least 12 staff once operational.

‘This will be a significant development for Christchurch that will not just benefit travellers, but also those working in the food and beverage industry,’ she says. 

‘This announcement today – and the involvement of a global hospitality giant like Wyndham – is a sign of confidence in the long-term future of tourism in Christchurch.’

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