Growing Super 8 Hotel Brand Opens First Property in the Middle East

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (May 04, 2014) – Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company with over 7,500 hotels and part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), today announced the opening of Super 8 Riyadh, the first of the economy hotel brand’s properties to open in the Europe, Middle East, Africa and Indian Ocean (EMEAI) region.  

Super 8 Riyadh is the first hotel to open as part of a master development agreement with Saudi Automotive Services Company (SASCO) for 20 Super 8® hotels in Saudi Arabia over a period of five years. The economy brand, with over 2,400 properties throughout the U.S., Canada, China, Brazil and now Saudi Arabia, has more properties than any other economy hotel chain in the world.  Celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year, the brand will now also be able to meet the needs of the growing domestic tourism sector in the Middle East.

“We are thrilled to introduce the globally recognised Super 8 brand to Saudi Arabia, a unique economy concept in the market,” said Rui Barros, senior vice president and managing director, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Indian Ocean for Wyndham Hotel Group.  “The Super 8 Riyadh will serve as a comfortable place to rest for road travellers throughout the Kingdom, making it ideal for the long highways and the growing number of car journeys in the market.”

The brand has several agreements in place to expand its presence further throughout the EMEAI region. In February, Wyndham Hotel Group announced the groundbreaking of Germany’s first Super 8 in Munich, part of an agreement with Tristar Hotel GmbH to open 10 Super 8 hotels in Germany. Last year the company also signed a multi-year agreement to open 20 Super 8 hotels throughout Turkey with İlbak Turizm İşletmeleri Ve Yatirim A.Ş.

Situated minutes from King Khalid International Airport and nearby Amira Noura University, Super 8 Riyadh offers 57 guest rooms and suites featuring clean, contemporary design complemented by friendly service at affordable rates.

“We are very happy to partner with Wyndham Hotel Group and believe Super 8 will be able to fill the gap in the market for travellers who need a modern and economical stay on the highways and in the major cities across the Kingdom,” said Mr. Sultan M Al Hudaithi, managing director, SASCO.  “This step will add to Wyndham Hotel Group’s presence in the region and strengthen SASCO's competitive edge, supporting our new vision to become a market leader in terms of quality and integrated services for drivers and travellers.”

Wyndham Hotel Group has 11 hotels in Saudi Arabia under the Ramada® and Days Inn® brands as of March 31, 2014. Saudi Arabia’s first Days Inn property, Days Hotel Olaya, opened in Riyadh just last year.  

Guests staying at any Wyndham Hotel Group properties across the Kingdom who are members of Wyndham Rewards®, the company’s free-to-join guest loyalty programme, can earn valuable points during their stays. Points may be redeemed for a wide variety of reward options including free hotel stays, air travel, gift cards for leading retailers and more. Information is available at www.wyndhamrewards.com.

SASCO, the largest petrol station operator in Saudi Arabia, already provides a range of integrated services to motorists across the country, including roadside retail and fuelling stations, catering and vehicle maintenance.

About Super 8

Part of Wyndham Hotel Group, the Super 8® hotel brand is one of the world’s most well-known hotel chains with over 2,400 locations around the globe, more than any other economy hotel provider. Most hotels offer an array of amenities including Wi-Fi, continental breakfast and the opportunity to earn and redeem points through Wyndham Rewards®, the brand’s guest loyalty programme. Travellers can join the free programme at www.wyndhamrewards.com.

Each Super 8 hotel is independently owned and operated under franchise agreements with Super 8 Worldwide, a subsidiary of Wyndham Hotel Group and parent company Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN). This excludes certain hotels outside of the U.S., which may be managed by one of the affiliates of Wyndham Hotel Group. Reservations and information are available by visiting www.super8.com

About Wyndham Hotel Group

Wyndham Hotel Group, part of the Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN) family of companies, is the world’s largest hotel company with approximately 7,500 hotels and 646,900 rooms in 69 countries under 15 hotel brands: Wyndham® Hotels and Resorts, Ramada®, Days Inn®, Super 8®, Wingate by Wyndham®, Baymont Inn & Suites®, Microtel Inn & Suites® by Wyndham, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham®, TRYP by Wyndham®, Howard Johnson®, Travelodge® and Knights Inn®.  In addition, the company has licence agreements to franchise the Planet Hollywood Hotels, Dream® and Night® brands and provide management services globally.

All hotels are independently owned and operated excluding certain Wyndham, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham and TRYP by Wyndham hotels, as well as certain Ramada, Days Inn and Super 8 hotels outside of the U.S., which may be managed by one of the affiliates of Wyndham Hotel Group.

Wyndham Rewards, the guest loyalty programme of Wyndham Hotel Group, is the world’s largest hotel loyalty programme as measured by number of participating hotels and offers over 8.5 million active members the chance to earn and redeem points for stays at nearly 7,000 hotels throughout more than 50 countries worldwide.

In addition to free stays, members may redeem their points for hundreds of reward options. For more information, visit www.wyndhamrewards.com.

Wyndham Hotel Group is based in Parsippany, New Jersey, U.S. Additional information is available at www.wyndhamworldwide.com. For more information about hotel franchising opportunities visit www.whgdevelopment.com or email development.EMEA@wyn.com.

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