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GALVESTON, TX-Dallas-based Wyndham International Inc. has secured an additional five-year contract to manage three Galveston hotels. The new management pacts are for Hotel Galvez, a 231-room historical icon on the island, the 117-room Tremont House on the Galveston Strand and 42-room Harbor House, a non-proprietary branded property. Jeff Wagoner, Wyndham’s senior vice president of operations, tells GlobeSt.com that his company took over management of the hotels from owners, 1870 Strand Corp., an entity of the Mitchell family, in 1997. The Hotel Galvez and Tremont House were reflagged to carry the Wyndham name in July 1998.

Todd Mitchell, president of 1870 Strand Corp., says he has been impressed with Wyndham’s tenure thus far. “Our relationship with Wyndham affords our hotels numerous advantages,” he says, “including access to an advanced reservation system, national marketing and advertising programs and purchasing savings.”

The hotels get a combination of business, meeting and leisure patronage. Major business draws, says Wagoner, is the 14,713 sf of meeting space at Hotel Galvez and 17,000 sf of meeting space and a 7,946-sf ballroom at the Tremont House.

Fred J. Kleisner, Wyndham’s chairman and CEO, says the Dallas-based hotelier intends to intensify its focus on securing more franchise and management pacts in its bid to become a leading branded hotel operating company. But, he emphasizes, that focus won’t divert Wyndham’s attention from its existing management portfolio.

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