Wyndham finishes first year of improvement, expansion plan

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DALLAS -- Wyndham Resorts is on the move.

Wyndham Rose-Hall Resort & Country Club in Jamaica plans to upgrade its 18-hole golf course. Brian Gamache, president, said that the division completed the first year of its three-year plan of capital improvements and acquisitions. The improvements included a $1 million employee training program at Wyndham resorts in Aruba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and St. Thomas as well as in Colorado and Florida.

"We're looking at projects on other Caribbean islands, Costa Rica, Canada, Hawaii and Mexico," Gamache said. Sites in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Palm Springs, Calif., also are under study. The portfolio of 15 resorts could expand to 25 within the next 10 years, Gamache said.

Wyndham Vacations, the in-house package line, will debut in November. "This will be a private label line produced by an existing wholesaler with whom we are negotiating," Gamache said. "We will continue to work with all wholesalers that sell our packages. Each package will carry the 'Call your travel agent' tag line."

Package components will include air, meal plans, dine-around options and car rentals. The programs will be featured on Wyndham's Web site and can be booked through the site and retailers.

Here's a rundown of Caribbean developments:

  • A $3 million Dolphin Quest attraction at La Marina Village at Wyndham El Conquistador Resort & Country Club in Puerto Rico will make its debut next spring.
  • The facility's Touch and Go program will enable guests to feed and swim with the dolphins for $85 per session.

    Dolphin Discovery, targeted at children ages 5 through 12, will include a 30-minute in-water encounter with the dolphins and an hourlong indoor session with activities centered on dolphin biology and history.

  • Wyndham El San Juan Hotel & Casino will open a 125-suite addition called the Towers of El San Juan for the winter 2002 season.
  • The deluxe facility will have its own check-in facilities, manager, restaurant and spa.

  • Wyndham Rose Hall Resort & Country Club near Montego Bay, Jamaica, will renovate its 488 guest rooms, public areas and 18-hole golf course in the next two years.
  • The property recently completed a $10 million partial renovation that included the $7 million Sugar Mill Falls water park and pool complex.

  • The 444-room Wyndham Aruba Beach Resort & Casino on Palm Beach will invest up to $13 million in renovations and extensive landscaping.
  • The 273-room Wyndham Morgan Bay Resort near Castries, St. Lucia, will undergo a $4 million renovation and add a second pool and a guest arrivals area.
  • The inclusive 300-room Wyndham Sugar Bay Beach Club & Resort in St. Thomas entered the second phase of a $5 million project that includes a guest room upgrade.
  • In the first phase, Sugar Bay upgraded its ballroom and outdoor pavilion and added a rooftop wedding terrace and gazebo.

    The Wyndham Kids Klub will be revamped this summer with new menus and activities.

    Wyndham Resorts
    Phone: (800) WYNDHAM
    Web: www.wyndham.com

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