Marion Smart has been actively involved in the property and hospitality industries for more than twenty years and has headed the Property Development and Resort Operations divisions of Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific (WVRAP) since early 2008. She is responsible for the company’s vacation ownership acquisitions, property development, refurbishment and resort operations.
Since early 2010 this responsibility has grown to include developing Wyndham Hotel Group (WHG) in the South Pacific. Marion is responsible for business development under both management and franchise structures, franchise support and resort operations with a particular focus on Wyndham Hotels and Resorts®, Ramada®, Encore, Hawthorn Suites® and Days Inn® brands.
The South Pacific portfolio of hotels and resorts owned, managed or franchised by Wyndham Vacation Resorts and Wyndham Hotel Group now totals 27 throughout Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.
WHG is the world’s largest hotel company, encompassing more than 7,100 hotels and 590,000 rooms in 67 countries. Both WHG and WVRAP are part of Wyndham Worldwide, a public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Marion has previously held senior roles at Mirvac Hotels & Resorts, Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos and Accor Asia Pacific. She holds a MBA from Macquarie University and was on the Property Council’s Tourism Committee from 2006 to 2009.