Wyndham Hotel Group joins Strategic Corporate Alliance program at SHA

Feb 23, 2012

Contact: Ashlee McGandy, 607.254.1368, am754@cornell.edu

Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company with approximately 7,200 hotels, has joined the strategic corporate alliance program at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration (SHA). Through the alliance, Wyndham Hotel Group will be a partner of the Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) and an industry fellow of the Center for Real Estate and Finance (CREF). Eric Danziger, president and chief executive officer of Wyndham Hotel Group, will join the CHR Advisory Board; Jeff Dallas, senior vice president of development will join the CREF advisory board; and Kathleen Flores, executive vice president of human resources and communications, will join the Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship's Advisory Board for the school’s Innovation Network.

“Wyndham Hotel Group is a great leader in the global hospitality industry, and we look forward to collaborating with the company on research, education, and outreach,” said Joe Strodel, Jr., director of communications and corporate affairs at SHA. “As the world’s largest hotel company, Wyndham is uniquely poised to support the school’s mission and help us drive the industry forward.”

Wyndham Hotel Group's strategic alliance also includes sponsorship of four key SHA events: the Cornell Hospitality Icon & Innovator Awards; the Cornell Hospitality Research Summit; the Cornell/Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne Reception at IHIF/ITB; and the Cornell Reception at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit.

"We are happy to continue developing our relationship with the School of Hotel Administration,” said Danziger. “This alliance will allow us to work together to increase knowledge about the hospitality industry and develop the next generation of hospitality leaders.”

Other strategic corporate alliance members are American Express Publishing/Travel+Leisure, Carlson Hotels, Hilton Worldwide, Hotel Business, Hotel Management/Questex Hospitality Group, Hsyndicate, Lily Jack, Marriott International, SAS/IDeaS, STR Global, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, Travel + Leisure, USA TODAY, and White Conveyors. For more information about the strategic corporate alliance program, please contact Joe Strodel, Jr., P’11 at 607.255.4646 or js343@cornell.edu.

About Wyndham Hotel Group
Wyndham Hotel Group, LLC, part of the Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN) family of companies, is the world’s largest hotel company with 7,205 hotels and approximately 613,100 rooms in 66 countries under the hotel brands: Wyndham Hotels and Resorts®, Ramada®, Days Inn®, Super 8®, Wingate by Wyndham®, Baymont Inn & Suites®, Microtel Inns & Suites®, Hawthorn Suites® by Wyndham, TRYP by Wyndham™, Howard Johnson®, Travelodge® and Knights Inn®. In addition, the company has license 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 and international Ramada, Days Inn and Super 8 hotels, which may be managed by one of the affiliates of Wyndham Hotel Group or through a joint-venture partner. Wyndham Hotel Group is based in Parsippany, N.J. Additional information is available at www.wyndhamworldwide.com. For more information about hotel franchising opportunities visit www.whgdevelopment.com.

About the Cornell School of Hotel Administration
The Cornell University School of Hotel Administration is shaping the global knowledge base for hospitality management through leadership in education, research and industry advancement. The school provides management instruction in the full range of hospitality disciplines, educating the next generation of leaders in the world's largest industry. Founded in 1922 as the nation's first collegiate course of study in hospitality management, the Cornell School of Hotel Administration is recognized as the world leader in its field. For more information, visit www.hotelschool.cornell.edu.