By RICHARD FERGUSON The Australian, November 1st 2016
Global hospitality group Wyndham Worldwide has moved into the Victorian snowfields, snapping up a family-owned alpine lodge near Mt Hotham as part of its new ski resort.
Wyndham acquired Peppers Rundells Alpine Lodge from owner Gary Battershill and will rebrand it as Ramada Resort Dinner Plain. It will buy a further 30 chalets in Dinner Plain.
Wyndham president Barry Robinson said the acquisition would add to its South Pacific hotel portfolio, which had hotels already in New Zealand, Fiji and Thailand.
"We see Ramada Resort Dinner Plain, Mt Hotham as a ground-breaking acquisition and a natural fit for our vacation club, WorldMark South Pacific Club, which strives to offer a diverse selection of holiday destinations for our club owners to choose from," Mr Robinson said.
The alpine lodge is a 10-minute drive from Mt Hotham and includes an alpine bar, restaurant and a small lounge. It will open at the end of this month after a refurbishment.
Wyndham will offer a range of chalets from one-bedroom to four-bedroom presidential chalets to its more than 53,000 timeshare owners.
Ramada Resort Dinner Plain will offer access to skiing at the Dinner Plain Snow Park and sled tours led by a team of huskies.
The resort will also offer mountain hiking and a Japanese-style onsen spa in summer.