N.J. (Feb. 27, 2008) – Wyndham Hotels and Resorts today announced it will
enter a new Caribbean market with the development of the luxury 400-room
Wyndham® St. Croix Golf Resort and Casino, which will become the keystone
of a $250 million complex that includes a new 43,000-square foot conference
center on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.
The 294-acre property, scheduled to break ground this spring and open
in 2010, will be developed by New Jersey-based Golden Resorts LLLP in joint
ownership with Jericho All-Weather Opportunity Fund of Boca Raton, Fla.,
and managed by Wyndham Hotel Management Company.
The resort will feature a 25,000 square-foot casino; 18-hole Jack Nicklaus
signature golf course; 17,000 square-foot world-class spa and fitness center;
four restaurants; lounges; retail stores; and kid’s club.
The property will be located on the south shore of St. Croix, near
downtown Christiansted and 15 minutes from Henry E. Rohlsen International
Peter Strebel, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts president, said the introduction
of the Wyndham brand in St. Croix will build upon its 24-resort portfolio
in the Caribbean and Mexico, which includes properties in Puerto Rico,
St. Thomas, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Cozumel and the Riviera Maya.
“This world-class resort will enhance the Wyndham brand’s strong position
in the Caribbean, promote tourism and introduce thousands of travelers
to this wonderful island, with its rich culture, friendly people, pristine
beaches and exciting recreational activities,” he said.
Paul Golden, Golden Resorts chief executive officer, said construction
and operation of the hotel and casino will be an “economic catalyst” for
the island and its citizens, “creating more than 1,000 construction jobs
and 1,200 permanent jobs.”
The U.S. Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority, a public corporation
which assists the government in raising capital for essential public projects
that promote and sustain economic and social development, awarded Golden
Resorts $32.5 million for the construction, operation and management of
the St. Croix Conference Center, which will be part of the resort.
The move is designed to stimulate the island’s economy through financial
support of investment ventures designed to increase tourism and employment.
“Tremendous credit must be given to Gov. John P. deJongh, Jr. of the
U.S. Virgin Islands, his administration and the Public Finance Authority
for supporting this magnificent project,” said Golden.
The conference center will share the resort’s amenities and services
including entertainment and food and beverage facilities.
Golden said the Wyndham team's Caribbean experience, coupled with its
sales, marketing, management and reservations system, make it the “ideal
partner to manage and operate the Wyndham St. Croix Golf Resort and Casino.”
“We are excited about this development opportunity and are extremely
pleased to be working with Golden Resorts, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts and
the U.S. Virgin Islands government to bring this resort to St. Croix,”
said Scott Svirsky, Jericho managing partner.
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation
(NYSE: WYN), offers upscale hotel and resort accommodations throughout
the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. All hotels are
either franchised or managed by Wyndham Hotels and Resorts or an affiliate.
Additional information is available at www.wyndhamworldwide.com.