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Wyndham Worldwide Receives Top Recognition from National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

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Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, received the Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year award from the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) for its commitment to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) community.

Recognized at the NGLCC National Dinner on November 22 in Washington D.C., this is the first time the Company, a founding corporate partner of the NGLCC, received the award.

“At Wyndham Worldwide, we understand the power of diversity. Every day we see immense value and benefit of varied cultures, experiences and perspectives that allow us to best meet our needs as we continue to grow as a global company,” said Jose Nido, vice president of Global Supplier Diversity, Wyndham Worldwide. “Cultivating and expanding diversity throughout the company, including our supply partners, is one of our core values.”

Through its supplier diversity program, Wyndham Worldwide includes diverse suppliers when possible in each request for proposal and bid notice, mentors existing and potential suppliers, builds partnerships with each supplier, increases internal and external awareness of its supplier diversity programs and goals, and expands its supplier diversity outreach around the globe.

In the U.S., the program focuses on eight groups, including African-Americans; Hispanic-Americans; Asian-Americans; Native-Americans; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT); women; veterans and disabled-veterans; and disabled-owned businesses. Globally, Wyndham Worldwide partners with such organizations as Minority Supplier Development UK and Minority Supplier Development China which work to connect diverse suppliers with corporations, and WEConnect International, which seeks to empower women business owners to succeed in local and global markets.

“We look forward to continuing our work with the NGLCC, but also further strengthening our relationship with even more diverse-owned businesses as we cultivate a global supplier diversity network where individuals from all types of backgrounds with different experiences and viewpoints are valued,” said Nido.

Wyndham Worldwide’s supplier diversity initiative has received numerous accolades, including DiversityInc’s 2012 and 2013 Top 10 Companies for Supplier Diversity, DiversityPlus magazine’s 2012 Champions of Diversity, Hispanic Network magazine’s “Best of the Best” Top 50 Supplier Diversity Programs for Hispanics, Morris County (New Jersey) Hispanic-American Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Corporation of the Year, and Outstanding Corporate Partner by the Florida Minority Business Opportunity Center.
The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is the only national not-for-profit advocacy organization dedicated to expanding the economic opportunities and advancements of the LGBT business community. With more than 29,000 members, 140 corporate partners, and 52 local, state, and international affiliate chambers, NGLCC is the largest LGBT business development and economic advocacy organization in the world.

About Wyndham Worldwide

One of the world’s largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) provides a wide range of hospitality products and services through its global portfolio of world-renowned brands. The world’s largest hotel company based on the number of properties, Wyndham Hotel Group is home to many of the world’s best-known hotel brands, with approximately 7,440 franchised hotels and over 638,300 hotel rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and the world’s largest professionally managed vacation rentals business, providing more than 5 million leisure-bound families annually with access to over 106,000 vacation properties in 100 countries through its prominent exchange and vacation rental brands. The industry and timeshare ownership market leader, Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets, and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of 190 vacation ownership resorts serving approximately 915,000 owners throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. Based in Parsippany, NJ, Wyndham Worldwide employs approximately 32,500 associates globally.

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