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The Ramada Inn hotel experience began in 1954. The first Ramada was opened in Flagstaff, Arizona. The concept was new — “the motor hotel”. As the American traveler took to the roads in increasing numbers, they needed a place off the superhighway where they could enjoy a good night’s rest. Ramada Inns were dedicated to that principle. In fact, the name ramada means “a shady resting place” when loosely translated in Spanish. The folks behind the first Ramada thought that they had a good thing going, and they began to grow the company by franchising the brand to other investors, rather than building owned hotels. This idea worked too, and the Ramada family serves the consumer with style and value at nearly 900 locations in the US and Canada. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Ramada Inn. To celebrate, the company gave the brand a makeover and a new slogan — Relax in Style.
This new logo and style bespeaks of new amenities in the hotels. The consumer will be treated to complimentary breakfasts, high speed Internet access and other spa-like benefits.
Currently, Ramada is part of Cendant’s family of brands. Ramada is currently comprised of:
Ramada International is primarily a franchised brand of 204 open hotels representing 27,728 rooms under the Ramada® Plaza, Ramada Hotels, Ramada Resorts and Ramada Encore brands in the United Kingdom, continental Europe including Scandinavia, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia-Pacific region, Australia, Mexico and Central America. In addition, there are 809 Ramada properties representing 93,037 rooms in the US and 72 properties representing 7,640 rooms in Canada.
The Ramada.com site is very similar to the other Cendant brand sites, as they share a technology platform. The consumer might not understand exactly what they should do at the site, as the most prominent piece of real estate on the homepage is a sweepstakes. There is a reservation box at the far right of the screen, but at this time it seems that the ramada.com site exists to sell franchises and get consumers interested in the trip rewards program — Cendant’s loyalty scheme. However, all the rates for Ramada Inns and Hotels are also available on Lodging.com, Cheaptickets.com and Orbitz, so consumers can book them there as well.