Wyndham has revealed plans to construct 18 new hotels and resorts across the Dominican Republic over the next five years. Executives say that every major city in the country will have at least one hotel under Wyndham’s umbrella located within a 10 to 30 minutes radius. The firm is the latest to announce massive investments in the tropical country, which is seeing its popularity rise among North American travelers.
Under the ambitious new plan, up to 18 new hotels will be built in the Dominican Republic’s major cities over the following years. The move is a response to growing travel demand and is expected to add a significant amount of new rooms across popular resort destinations. Wyndham is also looking to expand its presence in lesser-known regions, helping boost the availability of accommodations to travelers looking for new experiences.
This week, Dominican president Luis Abinader participated in the inauguration of Super 8 Manzanillo, the first of the 18 new hotels to be built in the country. With just 54 rooms, the hotel may be small, but it’s only a taste of what is to come over the following years when more than 12 new hotels will be launched by the major hospitality firm.
Wyndham’s massive building spree will take place over the next 5 years, and will add new properties to places like Punta Cana and Santo Domingo, but also in lesser developed areas including Monte Cristi, where the new Super 8 Manzanillo recently opened.
Many of the new properties are already under construction and are slated for opening in the near future. They include, among others, La Quinta Puerto Plata, Wyndham Pedernales, TRYP Playa Palenque, and City Hub Santo Domingo.
According to Edward De Valle, a Wyndham executive, the company’s goal is to offer high-quality accommodation to tourists and locals alike. Travelers will find an array of luxurious services and amenities across most of the new properties, with some offering more budget-friendly options. The company is also seeking to respond to new travel trends, such as workcations and long-term stays, as well as growing demand for business travel.
Some of Wyndham’s new properties will feature mixed-use spaces, with condos and residential units. TRYP, slated for opening next year, will have 44 condo hotel units as well as 36 residential accommodations which can be rented or purchased. With plenty of amenities including pools and around-the-clock room service, the new property will cater to a range of travel needs.
“The Dominican Republic has the best conditions for growth in the tourism and travel market in the region,” the executive said in a statement, pointing to the country’s strong performance as a resort destination. The Dominican Republic was recently ranked the third most popular international destination for U.S. travelers according to TripAdvisor, and the second most sought-after Caribbean destination.
In November, the country smashed its previous 2019 record for international arrivals by more than 100,000, a 24% growth. The jump is indicative of good things to come, and Wyndham is just one of many leading hospitality firms to announce new properties in the Dominican Republic.
Earlier this year, Marriott announced plans to build the first W hotel in Punta Cana in 2024. Punta Cana will thus join 67 other global hotspots including Barcelona and Hong Kong as the first Dominican City to feature a W hotel, boosting the city’s offer of luxurious adults-only resorts.
Whilst Punta Cana, Puerto Plata, and Samaná continue to attract the newest investments, other areas like Miches and Pedernales are poised to become the country’s newest resort hotspots, offering excellent ecotourism opportunities in untouched nature.
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