A 27-year veteran of holiday exchange firm RCI is to lead Wyndham Hotel Group in Europe.

Dimitris Manikis has been appointed as London-based president and managing director for Europe, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa (EMEA).

He recently served as vice president of business development for RCI in EMEA.

The appointment comes just days after Wyndham Worldwide Corporation announced the $1.3 billion sale of its European holiday rental business including brands such as Hoseasons, James Villa Holidays and Novasol.

Manikis will be responsible for the development of Wyndham Hotel Group’s brands in the region as well as maximising the performance of new and existing franchise and managed hotels, according to the company.

Wyndham expanded its footprint across EMEA with a number of openings last year, bringing the total number of hotels across the region to nearly 470.

Wyndham Hotel Group chief operating officer Bob Loewen said: “The EMEA region has a diverse hospitality landscape and is witnessing exciting trends such as the emergence of new feeder markets, a younger demographic and fast-paced technology adoption.

“With our focus on providing everyday travellers with a breadth of choice, we have cemented our reputation as the industry leader.

“Dimitris’ wealth of experience in the shared ownership industry and strong relationships with hospitality providers across EMEA make him an ideal professional to lead our operations in this rapidly growing region.”

Manikis added: “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.”

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