Wyndham Hotel Group and Grupo Mayan of Mexico Announce Alliance

Eight of the resorts, totaling more than 3,000 rooms, are in Riviera Maya, near Cancun; Acapulco; Puerto Peñasco; Puerto Vallarta; and Nuevo Vallarta. The ninth property, The Grand Mayan Los Cabos, is expected to open during the fourth quarter.

Steven A. Rudnitsky, Wyndham Hotel Group president and chief executive officer, said the agreement will 'significantly increase our footprint in Mexico' and represents 'a major commitment to that country,' where Grupo Mayan maintains one of the resort industry's largest portfolios.

'We are very pleased to enter into this alliance with Grupo Mayan,' he said. 'Its prime beachfront locations, spectacular architecture and unsurpassed service and amenities have made it a leader in Mexican tourism for more than 25 years. Grupo Mayan is a proud organization dedicated to providing the highest level of services and amenities that exceed guest expectations.'

Felipe Ramirez, Grupo Mayan vice president of administration, said the Wyndham Hotel Group alliance will enhance his company's access to North American and international markets. 'This relationship builds on our demonstrated success in attracting vacationers from the United States and Canada, ensuring our leading position in Mexico,' he said.

Grupo Mayan has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Wyndham Worldwide's RCI Global Vacation Network, which will continue to handle services for the group's timeshare properties. Grupo Mayan's relationship with Wyndham Hotel Group bolsters the Grupo Mayan-RCI relationship by facilitating the distribution of Grupo Mayan's open-market room inventory through Wyndham reservation channels.

The agreement covers the following open properties, all of which feature European plan rates:

The Grand Mayan Acapulco, a 354-unit resort, is situated along a half mile of beach, five minutes from Acapulco International Airport and 20 minutes from the city's downtown. The resort's facilities include an 18-hole, par-72 golf course with clubhouse restaurant and pro shop; beach club; lighted tennis courts; Brio Health Spa & Fitness Center offering facials, massages, body treatments and beauty salon; gym with cardiovascular equipment; two full-service restaurants; room service; snack bar; lounges; convenience store; and boutique.

In addition to the beach, the resort's water attractions including Aqua Park featuring waterfalls, slides and toboggans; swimming pool; and lake and navigation canal with pedal boats and kayaks. Family activities include Turtle Camp and Kids Club.

The Grand Mayan Nuevo Vallarta, a 496-unit beachfront resort, is situated 15 minutes from Puerto Vallarta International Airport and 20 minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta. The resort's facilities include three restaurants; room service; an 18-hole, par-71 golf course designed by Jim Lippe with clubhouse, restaurant and pro shop; Brio Health Spa & Fitness Center; illuminated tennis courts; tobacco shop; convenience store; boutique; and handicraft market offering merchandise from different regions of Mexico.

In addition to the beach, the hotel's water attractions include a 'lazy river' pool with waterfalls; wave pool; swimming pool; and lake and navigation canal with pedal boats and kayaks.

The Grand Mayan Riviera Maya, a 386-unit beachfront resort, is situated along Riviera Maya on the Caribbean Sea, 35 minutes from Cancun International Airport and 45 minutes from downtown Cancun. The resort's facilities include an 18-hole, par-54 golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus with clubhouse, restaurant and pro shop; Brio Health Spa & Fitness Center: illuminated tennis courts; two restaurants; room service; lounge; and boutique.

The hotel also features a swimming pool with poolside bar. Family attractions include Turtle Camp, Crocodile Farm and children's activities.

The 354-unit Mayan Palace Acapulco is situated along a half mile of beach five minutes from Acapulco International Airport and 20 minutes from the center of Acapulco. The resort's facilities include an 18-hole, par-72 golf course with clubhouse, restaurant and pro shop; 12 lighted clay tennis courts; gym with cardiovascular equipment; Brio Health Spa & Fitness Center, specializing in facials, massages and body treatments; two restaurants that serve local specialties and continental cuisine; room service; lobby bar with nightly entertainment; and convenience store.

The resort also features a Kids Club; kayaks and pedal boats; swimming pool; and poolside bar.

The 520-unit Mayan Palace Nuevo Vallarta is situated on more than a half mile of beach along Banderas Bay, 15 minutes from Puerto Vallarta International Airport. The resort's facilities include a 5,382-square-foot interconnected swimming pool with poolside bar; an 18-hole, par-71 golf course designed by Jim Lippe; kayaks; pedal boats; electric boats; gym equipped with cardiovascular machines and free weights; and the Brio Health Spa & Fitness Center, offering relaxing facials, massages and body treatments.

The resort also features two restaurants that serve local specialties and continental cuisine; room service; sports bar; wine bar; lobby lounge with nightly entertainment; Kids Club; convenience market; and boutique.

The 171-unit Mayan Palace Puerto Peñasco is situated on four miles of beach along the Estuary La Pinta, 60 miles from the U.S.-Mexican border, approximately a four-hour drive from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Arizona and Mexicali Airport in Baja Calif. An airport under construction in Peñasco is expected to open in 2009.

Recreational facilities include an 18-hole, par-72 golf course, designed by Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicklaus II; two hard-surface tennis courts; indoor and outdoor swimming pools with poolside bar; and Brio Health Spa & Fitness Center. Additional hotel features include a café restaurant, room service, coffee shop, lobby bar; boutique, convenience store and Internet café.

The 210-unit Mayan Palace Puerto Vallarta is situated on a marina, five minutes from Puerto Vallarta International Airport and 15 minutes from the center of town. The resort's facilities include two restaurants that serve local specialties and international cuisine; room service; two swimming pools including a two-level pool with poolside bar; gym with cardiovascular machines and professional trainers; clay tennis court; boutique; jewelry store; convenience market; Internet café; and lounge.

The 598-unit Mayan Palace Riviera Maya is situated along the beach on the Riviera Maya, 35 minutes from Cancun International Airport and 45 minutes from downtown Cancun. The resort's facilities include two restaurants that serve local specialties and continental cuisine; room service; an 18-hole, par-54 golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus; three interconnected pools with poolside bar; two tennis courts; kayaks; snorkeling; diving; Kids Club; Internet café, boutique; and beauty shop.

Wyndham Hotel Group, one of three principal components of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), encompasses nearly 6,500 hotels and more than 539,000 hotel rooms on six continents. All hotels are owned and operated independently or by a Wyndham Hotel Group subsidiary, Wyndham Hotel Management. Wyndham Hotel Group, based in Parsippany, N.J., employs 1,500 worldwide. Additional information is available at www.wyndhamworldwide.com.