ADDING weight to the Sunshine Coast’s already solid reputation and its depth of brands, the Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre Marcoola Beach was officially opened last Thursday. The beachfront property which was formerly known as SurfAir on Marcoola Beach will continue to be managed by Resort Management by Wyndham, part of the Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific group. The event was attended by the Sunshine Coast business and tourism community including Steve Cooper, ceo of Sunshine Coast Destination and Councillor Debbie Blumel, mayoral candidate. The name change was a move to rebrand the property to the internationally renowned Ramada brand and to attract more domestic and international travellers in the leisure and business market. Mr Cooper said he recognised the contribution that Wyndham Hotel Group will bring to the region and the much needed stimulus needed during challenging economic times. “The introduction of Ramada to the Sunshine Coast underpins an exciting opportunity for the property in the business events sector and a real growth opportunity for the Marcoola Beach area.” Barry Robinson, ceo and managing director of Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific and managing director for Wyndham Hotel Group said, “Wyndham Hotel Group will continue to grow with franchise brands and management agreements in destinations across Australia and New Zealand and it is great to have the support of these local communities.” Pictured from left are: Damien Keenan gm; Debbie Blumel; David Ray and Steve Cooper.