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» Featured Columnists | By Scott Kauffman | January 28, 2011 8:17 AM ET

Wyndham Adds Deerfield Beach Property to Portfolio

(DEERFIELD BEACH, FL ) -- Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC, a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation announced its expansion in Florida with the addition of the 172-room Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort along the Atlantic coast in Deerfield Beach.

Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort, owned by Chase Enterprises of Hartford, Conn., recently completed a major multi-million dollar renovation that modernized the property's public spaces and guest rooms, business center, fitness center, gift shop and meeting space. The hotel formerly was the Howard Johnson Plaza for the last 40 years.

Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort, located steps away from the beach at 2096 N.E. Second St., becomes the eighth Wyndham property in Florida.

"We are excited to welcome such a long-standing, renowned member of the Deerfield Beach community to the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts family," said Jeff Wagoner, president of Wyndham Hotels and Resorts. "Deerfield Beach is an ideal location for business and leisure travelers looking for a relaxing getaway and upscale accommodations. The newly transformed Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort, with its impressive renovated spaces, modern amenities and personalized service, will provide guests the deluxe resort experience they have come to expect from the upscale Wyndham brand."

The hotel lobby offers views of the Atlantic Ocean through glass walls; modern, comfortable furniture; an oversized, flat-screen television; and an elaborate, mother-of-pearl mosaic wall. Complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access is available in the lobby and throughout the hotel's public spaces.

Each of the hotel's newly transformed guest rooms are appointed with contemporary designs including espresso-colored, wood furniture accented with zebra wood, a Tatami-style rug on the tile floor and floor-to-ceiling windows in oceanfront rooms, providing views of the beach.

Resort amenities include access to the white-sand beach located directly across the street, outdoor heated pool and hot tub, poolside dining and refreshments and live entertainment every night at the Patio Bar and Grill.

The resort also features two on-site restaurants and three lounges; a 24-hour, fully equipped health and fitness center; 24-hour business center; valet parking; and concierge services. The hotel's on-site market sells snacks, magazines and personal-care items.

Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort provides more than 4,300 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting and event space for business functions, weddings and social events. The space includes the 3,250-square-foot Royal Palm Ballroom that can accommodate up to 215 people and four other rooms. An on-site catering staff coordinates food and beverage service. State-of-the-art audio visual equipment is available.

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC, a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, offers upscale hotel and resort accommodations throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, China and the Caribbean. All Wyndham hotels are either franchised by the company or managed by Wyndham Hotel Management, Inc., one of its affiliates or through a joint-venture partner.

Golf Course Designer Robert Trent Jones Lunches with China's President

(PALO ALTO, CA) -- Golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. was the lone attendee from the U.S. golf industry among the special invitees of business leaders and statesmen at a luncheon for Chinese President Hu Jintao in Washington, D.C. last week (January 20, 2011). This was President Hu's only event for the business community in Washington during his state visit to meet with President Obama.

The event was hosted in partnership with the National Committee on U.S. Relations and the U.S.-China Business Council and in cooperation with nine other organizations.

Jones is no stranger to international relations as his firm, Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects (RTJ II) has been designing courses in China for more than two decades. Four of their seven Chinese courses - Spring City, Harbour Plaza, Trans Strait, and Yalong Bay - have been ranked by Golf Digest as among the top ten courses in China. This success not only speaks to the skills of the RTJ II design team but to the fact that the company is culturally agile, and able to adapt to the particular climates - political, social, and/or geographic - that they work in around the globe.

Coincidentally, Jones has a long history with China. He first visited China at the invitation of Deng Xiaoping, the paramount leader of the People's Republic of China (1978 to 1992) after being introduced to him in Seattle by President Carter in 1979. The President made a point of asking Deng why there were no golf courses in China and three years later Jones was invited to help design a course in Shanghai.

Creators of more than 270 courses in more than 40 countries, in 2011 RTJ II will continue to deliver great new golf layouts near and far around the world. The firm will be working in Belize, California, Canada, China, England, Greece, Hawaii, India, Italy, New Zealand, Oregon, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Texas, and Vanuatu.

With headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., Robert Trent Jones II, Golf Course Architects (RTJ II) is the preeminent golf design firm worldwide. Trustees of a great tradition of golf course architecture, RTJ II is committed to working in harmony with nature to craft the best golf course on each unique site. The RTJ II design team has experience in every aspect of golf course development and the ability to provide support and expertise from conception through completion of any project.

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