Indonesian President Joko Widodo meets with Wyndham Vacation Clubs International President and Managing Director at CEO Roundtable
GOLD COAST, QLD (17 February 2020) – Barry Robinson, President and Managing Director, International Operations of Wyndham Vacation Clubs, has presented at a CEO business roundtable hosted by the President of the Republic of Indonesia and attended by other Australian business leaders in Canberra.
Mr Robinson was one of only seven company leaders invited to update President Widodo on their growing presence in Indonesia. Also present at the event were a number of Australian cabinet ministers representing foreign affairs, trade, investment, economics and transport.
Wyndham Destinations currently manages 12 resorts and hotels across Indonesia in Jakarta, Lombok, Palembang, Surabaya, Solo and Bali. It also operates two vacation clubs in the region, Club Wyndham Asia and Club Wyndham South Pacific. It has a holiday preview centre for both clubs located in Bali and a Club Wyndham Asia service centre positioned in Jakarta.
“Indonesia is the third largest travel and tourism economy in South East Asia with a fast growing middle class. This makes it a very important market for us. The country is also investing heavily in infrastructure and promoting its lesser known tourism destinations to take the environmental pressure off over- visited destinations. I was very pleased for the opportunity to meet with President Joko Widodo today, and we are very excited about the future changes the President is making to encourage future investments in Indonesia,” said Barry Robinson.
Mr Robinson spoke to the Indonesian President and Australian cabinet ministers present about tourism growth in Indonesia and his company’s recent focus on Indonesian expansion. They also discussed the top destinations the Indonesian Government is prioritising from a tourism perspective including Borobudur Temple in Central Java and Lake Toba in North Sumatra. President Widodo also spoke about Indonesia’s plans to shift its capital city from the climate-threatened megalopolis of Jakarta to the sparsely populated island of Borneo.
A business arm of hospitality giant, Wyndham Destinations, Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific’s management subsidiaries oversee a collection of 70 hotels and resorts across Asia Pacific, some of which are mixed-use developments where Wyndham Destinations holds an owning interest. Extending across Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Hawaii and Europe, the company’s managed portfolio uses the globally renowned Wyndham Grand, Wyndham, Wyndham Garden, Ramada by Wyndham, TRYP by Wyndham, Days Inn by Wyndham and Sundance Resort brands.
The company, which has its head office on Australia’s Gold Coast, is also the largest timeshare development operation outside of North America. The company markets and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to vacation owners in Club Wyndham South Pacific. The Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific team also provides support for affiliate Wyndham Destinations International Ltd, responsible for the development of Club Wyndham Asia. The company employs close to 5,000 staff across nine Asia Pacific countries.
Other companies represented at the roundtable included Coca Cola, Blackmores, Fortescue, Bluescope Steel, Monash University and Austrade.