A rising tide lifts all boats, and Wyndham
Revenue per available room (RevPAR) increased 3% from last last year -- 6.8%, excluding the Wyndham brand. The Wyndham brand increased RevPAR 5.2%, excluding divested properties, more than the 4.8% showing of the overall upscale luxury sector.
Wyndham also has a healthy pipeline of 95,000 rooms, up 21% versus last year. Management calculated that in the past quarter, it signed a contract for a new property every 15 hours. As a franchiser, if Wyndham can continue collecting fees and staying disciplined operationally, a lot of incremental sales should drop to its bottom line.
Wyndham is also making a big push in robust international markets. The company currently has 14,900 rooms in China, and it plans to add another 19,500 by the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
In the vacation ownership interest (timeshare) segment, Wyndham again benefited from an industry on the rise. Industry sales increased 22% to $10.5 billion. In the first quarter, Wyndham grew gross VOI sales 20%, tours were up 15%, and volume per guest -- which measures sales conversion -- was up 9%. Management noted that it's the biggest player in the vacation ownership industry, with more sales and resorts than Marriott
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