Founded on the ruins of an Incan city, Quito, Ecuador not only features one of the largest, least-altered historic centers in the Americas, but its latest developments will give it the infrastructure to draw meetings.
Earlier this month, Paulo Pena, senior vice president and managing director of Wyndham Hotel Group for Latin America announced the signing of a franchise agreement for the 146-room Wyndham Quito Airport Grand Condor, the first Wyndham Hotels and Resorts property in Quito. It is the first of eight hotels that Wyndham Hotel Group plans to develop over the next 10 years.
Other major hotel groups are opening up properties in Ecuador as well. Accor Hotels will execute its Accor Ibis project, which includes the construction of 10 hotels in the country. The first hotel will open in Quito in 2016, and will include 133 guest rooms and be located in the city’s central commercial area. The Holiday Inn Quito Airport also plans to open in 2016. The 130-room hotel will be located near Mariscal Sucre Airport and will feature about 6,000 sf of meeting space. The Hilton San Patricio is also slated to open between 2017 and 2018, and Eurobuilding Hotels will also open a hotel.
In addition to the five hotel openings, the city of Quito also plans to invest in two major projects for the events industry, announced Mauricio Rodas, the city’s mayor, earlier this month. The city plans to completely revitalize the 11.4 acres once used for the old airport and transform that space into the Conventions and Events Complex in Bicentennial Park. The city’s largest urban development project in recent years will include a new convention center, hotels and other related commercial businesses.
The city also plans to revitalize its Centro Historico. About $83 million will be invested by 2017 into the first phase of the project, and a total of $675 million will be invested into the project overall. A major part of the project will include renovating heritage mansions into major hotels.
Another reason that Quito should be on meeting planners’ radars is the launch of the new flight between Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and the capital of Equador on Oct. 17. TAME Airlines, a major airline in Ecuador, will operate daily, nonstop service from Florida.
“We are extremely excited to launch a new destination into our growing list of international routes arriving into Fort Lauderdale,” says Carlos M. Molinet, senior vice president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau. “With more than 10,000 Ecuadorians living in Broward County, the new routes provide a perfect, easily accessible option for visiting friends and family.”
Same goes for groups visiting this newly developed part of the world.