Wyndham Hotel Group has appointed Dimitris Manikis to the role of president and managing director for Europe, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa (EMEA). He will be based at the company’s London offices.
Manikis will be responsible for the development of all of Wyndham Hotel Group’s brands in the EMEA region as well as maximizing the performance of all new and existing franchise and managed hotels. He will focus on driving the strategic objectives of Wyndham Hotel Group including quality and technology solutions as well as loyalty, sales and marketing.
Wyndham Hotel Group expanded its footprint across EMEA with a number of significant openings throughout 2017, bringing the total number of hotels across the region to nearly 470.
“I am looking forward to strengthening the operations and footprint of Wyndham Hotel Group in EMEA, a region I have been associated with for nearly three decades,” Manikis said.
A 27-year veteran of RCI, a leader in vacation exchange with more than 4,300 affiliated resorts in nearly 110 countries, Manikis possesses deep knowledge of the hospitality industry, an extensive network and strong relationships with developers and customers across the EMEA region.
He recently served as vice president of business development for RCI EMEA, where he steered a team spanning three regions. At RCI, he held several key positions in the EMEA region including as managing director of RCI Greece and RCI South Africa.
“With the robust performance of the industry in several key markets in EMEA last year, the potential for Wyndham Hotel Group to expand its operations further in the region is tremendous,” said Manikis.
Manikis has a master of science in tourism marketing from the University of Surrey, UK, and a degree in tourism and administration from the Technical University of Patras in Greece.