US-based Wyndham Hotel Group has announced it is boosting its presence in South Korea by more than 200% with 12 new property franchise agreements this year.
The new properties include 17 Ramadas, six Days Inns and three Howard Johnsons hotels located across South Korea, including Seoul, Pyeongtaek and Jeju Island.
All hotels are expected to open by 2018.
The company signed 14 franchise agreements in South Korea last year, which helped it raise its profile in the country with a total of 7,550 rooms within 26 newconstruction hotels under the Ramada, Days Inn and Howard Johnson brands.
The Days Inn brand was introduced in South Korea last year with the 64-room Days Inn Seoul Myeong-dong.
Wyndham currently operates 13 properties with more than 2,800 rooms.
Wyndham Hotel Group South East Asia president Barry Robinson said: "With its increasing popularity among tourists, natural beauty, trend-setting technological marvels and upcoming world events like the 2018 Winter Olympics, South Korea plays a key role in our growth in the region.
"There are great opportunities for economy and mid-scale hotel development throughout the country and we will continue to look for ways to capitalise on the impressive growth in both visitor arrivals and visitor spending to provide guests with world-class properties and service in exciting, desirable locations."
The hotel group is growing its presence in South East Asia and the Pacific Rim with new properties in Thailand, Malaysia, New Zealand, Vanuatu and Australia.
Image: Wyndham Hotel signs franchise agreements in South Korea. Photo: courtesy of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation 2006-2015.