A luxury Radisson Blu hotel in Kuwait A Radisson Blu hotel in Kuwait. The brand recently announced a hotel in Chapala, Jalisco.

New hotel rooms: 200,000 in 10 years

Wyndham Hotels sees opening 10% of that number

The world’s largest hotel chain anticipates doubling its presence in Mexico over the next 10 years.

Wyndham Hotels, which already has 40 properties in Mexico, predicts that 200,000 new hotel rooms will be added to the country’s existing inventory in the next decade.

The company’s president for Latin America and the Caribbean said he would like to see Wyndham get 10% of those rooms with new hotels in tourist destinations, Mexico City and industrial regions.

Paulo Pena said a market study took an inventory of existing hotels and calculated the potential future demand, looking at factors such as economic conditions, tourism prospects and new projects that have been announced.

The result was a prediction that there would be opportunity for 207,000 new rooms by 2025.

Wyndham has nearly 8,000 hotels that operate under 16 brands in 73 countries.

In other hotel news, a Radisson Blu hotel will begin construction later this year in the Jalisco community of Ajijic on Lake Chapala.

A venture involving Radisson Blu owner Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and Mexico real estate firm Sun-Star Group, the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Ajijic will be situated in the El Dorado development.

The destination has no internationally-branded hotels, said Thomas Wahl of Sun-Star, yet it enjoys high volumes of leisure traffic, one of the reasons it was chosen to be the first Radisson Blue property in Mexico.

Others were the large international community in the area and the fact that it is closer to the Guadalajara airport and the El Salto industrial corridor than is downtown Guadalajara.

The 96-room luxury hotel will be one of nearly 400 Radisson Blu hotels operating or in development in 110 countries.

Source: El Universal (sp), Travel Pulse (en)

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