false2023FY0001722684P3YP3YP1YP1YP1YP1YP1YP1YP1YP1YP1YP1YP1YP1Yhttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2023#OtherAssetsNoncurrenthttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2023#OtherAssetsNoncurrenthttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2023#PropertyPlantAndEquipmentNethttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2023#PropertyPlantAndEquipmentNethttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2023#AccruedLiabilitiesCurrenthttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2023#AccruedLiabilitiesCurrenthttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2023#Liabilitieshttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2023#Liabilitieshttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2023#AccruedLiabilitiesCurrenthttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2023#AccruedLiabilitiesCurrenthttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2023#OtherLiabilitiesNoncurrenthttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2023#OtherLiabilitiesNoncurrenthttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2023#OtherLiabilitiesNoncurrenthttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2023#OtherLiabilitiesNoncurrent00017226842023-01-012023-12-3100017226842023-06-30iso4217:USD00017226842024-01-31xbrli:shares0001722684wh:RoyaltiesandFranchiseFeesMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684wh:RoyaltiesandFranchiseFeesMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684wh:RoyaltiesandFranchiseFeesMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684wh:MarketingReservationandLoyaltyMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684wh:MarketingReservationandLoyaltyMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684wh:MarketingReservationandLoyaltyMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684wh:HotelManagementServicesMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684wh:HotelManagementServicesMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684wh:HotelManagementServicesMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684wh:LicenseandOtherFeeFromFormerParentMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684wh:LicenseandOtherFeeFromFormerParentMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684wh:LicenseandOtherFeeFromFormerParentMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684wh:OtherProductsandServicesMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684wh:OtherProductsandServicesMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684wh:OtherProductsandServicesMember2021-01-012021-12-3100017226842022-01-012022-12-3100017226842021-01-012021-12-310001722684wh:CostReimbursementsMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684wh:CostReimbursementsMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684wh:CostReimbursementsMember2021-01-012021-12-31iso4217:USDxbrli:shares0001722684us-gaap:AccumulatedOtherComprehensiveIncomeMember2023-01-012023-12-3100017226842023-12-3100017226842022-12-310001722684us-gaap:TrademarksMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:TrademarksMember2022-12-310001722684wh:FranchiseAgreementsAndOtherIntangibleAssetsMember2023-12-310001722684wh:FranchiseAgreementsAndOtherIntangibleAssetsMember2022-12-3100017226842021-12-3100017226842020-12-310001722684us-gaap:CommonStockMember2020-12-310001722684us-gaap:TreasuryStockCommonMember2020-12-310001722684us-gaap:AdditionalPaidInCapitalMember2020-12-310001722684us-gaap:RetainedEarningsAppropriatedMember2020-12-310001722684us-gaap:AccumulatedOtherComprehensiveIncomeMember2020-12-310001722684us-gaap:RetainedEarningsAppropriatedMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684us-gaap:AccumulatedOtherComprehensiveIncomeMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684us-gaap:CommonStockMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684us-gaap:TreasuryStockCommonMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684us-gaap:AdditionalPaidInCapitalMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684us-gaap:CommonStockMember2021-12-310001722684us-gaap:TreasuryStockCommonMember2021-12-310001722684us-gaap:AdditionalPaidInCapitalMember2021-12-310001722684us-gaap:RetainedEarningsAppropriatedMember2021-12-310001722684us-gaap:AccumulatedOtherComprehensiveIncomeMember2021-12-310001722684us-gaap:RetainedEarningsAppropriatedMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684us-gaap:AccumulatedOtherComprehensiveIncomeMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684us-gaap:CommonStockMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684us-gaap:TreasuryStockCommonMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684us-gaap:AdditionalPaidInCapitalMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684us-gaap:CommonStockMember2022-12-310001722684us-gaap:TreasuryStockCommonMember2022-12-310001722684us-gaap:AdditionalPaidInCapitalMember2022-12-310001722684us-gaap:RetainedEarningsAppropriatedMember2022-12-310001722684us-gaap:AccumulatedOtherComprehensiveIncomeMember2022-12-310001722684us-gaap:RetainedEarningsAppropriatedMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684us-gaap:CommonStockMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684us-gaap:TreasuryStockCommonMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684us-gaap:AdditionalPaidInCapitalMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684us-gaap:CommonStockMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:TreasuryStockCommonMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:AdditionalPaidInCapitalMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:RetainedEarningsAppropriatedMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:AccumulatedOtherComprehensiveIncomeMember2023-12-31wh:country0001722684wh:LoyaltyProgramMember2023-12-310001722684wh:LoyaltyProgramMember2022-12-310001722684srt:MaximumMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684wh:BuildingAndLeaseholdImprovementsMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:FurnitureAndFixturesMembersrt:MinimumMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:FurnitureAndFixturesMembersrt:MaximumMember2023-12-310001722684srt:MinimumMemberus-gaap:SoftwareAndSoftwareDevelopmentCostsMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:SoftwareAndSoftwareDevelopmentCostsMembersrt:MaximumMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:SoftwareAndSoftwareDevelopmentCostsMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:SoftwareAndSoftwareDevelopmentCostsMember2022-12-310001722684us-gaap:SoftwareAndSoftwareDevelopmentCostsMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684us-gaap:SoftwareAndSoftwareDevelopmentCostsMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684us-gaap:SoftwareAndSoftwareDevelopmentCostsMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684srt:MinimumMember2023-01-012023-12-31wh:hotel0001722684wh:InitialFranchiseFeesMember2023-12-310001722684wh:InitialFranchiseFeesMember2022-12-310001722684wh:CobrandedcreditcardsprogramMember2023-12-310001722684wh:CobrandedcreditcardsprogramMember2022-12-310001722684us-gaap:ProductAndServiceOtherMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:ProductAndServiceOtherMember2022-12-3100017226842024-01-01wh:InitialFranchiseFeesMember2023-12-3100017226842025-01-01wh:InitialFranchiseFeesMember2023-12-310001722684wh:InitialFranchiseFeesMember2026-01-012023-12-3100017226842027-01-01wh:InitialFranchiseFeesMember2023-12-3100017226842024-01-01wh:LoyaltyProgramMember2023-12-3100017226842025-01-01wh:LoyaltyProgramMember2023-12-310001722684wh:LoyaltyProgramMember2026-01-012023-12-3100017226842027-01-01wh:LoyaltyProgramMember2023-12-3100017226842024-01-01wh:CobrandedcreditcardsprogramMember2023-12-3100017226842025-01-01wh:CobrandedcreditcardsprogramMember2023-12-310001722684wh:CobrandedcreditcardsprogramMember2026-01-012023-12-3100017226842027-01-01wh:CobrandedcreditcardsprogramMember2023-12-3100017226842024-01-01wh:OtherProductsandServicesMember2023-12-3100017226842025-01-01wh:OtherProductsandServicesMember2023-12-310001722684wh:OtherProductsandServicesMember2026-01-012023-12-3100017226842027-01-01wh:OtherProductsandServicesMember2023-12-310001722684wh:OtherProductsandServicesMember2023-12-3100017226842024-01-012023-12-3100017226842025-01-012023-12-3100017226842026-01-012023-12-3100017226842027-01-012023-12-310001722684wh:RoyaltiesandFranchiseFeesMemberwh:HotelFranchisingSegmentMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684wh:RoyaltiesandFranchiseFeesMemberwh:HotelFranchisingSegmentMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684wh:RoyaltiesandFranchiseFeesMemberwh:HotelFranchisingSegmentMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684wh:MarketingReservationandLoyaltyMemberwh:HotelFranchisingSegmentMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684wh:MarketingReservationandLoyaltyMemberwh:HotelFranchisingSegmentMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684wh:MarketingReservationandLoyaltyMemberwh:HotelFranchisingSegmentMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684wh:ManagedHotelRevenuesMemberwh:HotelFranchisingSegmentMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684wh:ManagedHotelRevenuesMemberwh:HotelFranchisingSegmentMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684wh:ManagedHotelRevenuesMemberwh:HotelFranchisingSegmentMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684wh:HotelFranchisingSegmentMemberwh:LicenseandOtherFeeFromFormerParentMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684wh:HotelFranchisingSegmentMemberwh:LicenseandOtherFeeFromFormerParentMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684wh:HotelFranchisingSegmentMemberwh:LicenseandOtherFeeFromFormerParentMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684wh:CostReimbursementsMemberwh:HotelFranchisingSegmentMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684wh:CostReimbursementsMemberwh:HotelFranchisingSegmentMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684wh:CostReimbursementsMemberwh:HotelFranchisingSegmentMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684wh:OtherProductsandServicesMemberwh:HotelFranchisingSegmentMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684wh:OtherProductsandServicesMemberwh:HotelFranchisingSegmentMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684wh:OtherProductsandServicesMemberwh:HotelFranchisingSegmentMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684us-gaap:OperatingSegmentsMemberwh:HotelFranchisingSegmentMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684us-gaap:OperatingSegmentsMemberwh:HotelFranchisingSegmentMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684us-gaap:OperatingSegmentsMemberwh:HotelFranchisingSegmentMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684wh:HotelManagementSegmentMemberwh:RoyaltiesandFranchiseFeesMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684wh:HotelManagementSegmentMemberwh:RoyaltiesandFranchiseFeesMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684wh:HotelManagementSegmentMemberwh:MarketingReservationandLoyaltyMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684wh:HotelManagementSegmentMemberwh:MarketingReservationandLoyaltyMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684wh:OwnedHotelRevenuesMemberwh:HotelManagementSegmentMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684wh:OwnedHotelRevenuesMemberwh:HotelManagementSegmentMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684wh:ManagedHotelRevenuesMemberwh:HotelManagementSegmentMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684wh:ManagedHotelRevenuesMemberwh:HotelManagementSegmentMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684wh:CostReimbursementsMemberwh:HotelManagementSegmentMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684wh:CostReimbursementsMemberwh:HotelManagementSegmentMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684wh:HotelManagementSegmentMemberwh:OtherProductsandServicesMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684wh:HotelManagementSegmentMemberwh:OtherProductsandServicesMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684us-gaap:OperatingSegmentsMemberwh:HotelManagementSegmentMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684us-gaap:OperatingSegmentsMemberwh:HotelManagementSegmentMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684us-gaap:OtherCurrentAssetsMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:OtherCurrentAssetsMember2022-12-310001722684us-gaap:OtherNoncurrentAssetsMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:OtherNoncurrentAssetsMember2022-12-310001722684wh:PrepaidExpenseMember2022-12-310001722684us-gaap:EmployeeStockOptionMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684us-gaap:EmployeeStockOptionMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684us-gaap:RestrictedStockUnitsRSUMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684us-gaap:RestrictedStockUnitsRSUMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684wh:FinancingReceivablewithDeferredIncomeOffsetMember2023-12-310001722684wh:FinancingReceivablewithDeferredIncomeOffsetMember2022-12-310001722684wh:ViennaHouseMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684wh:ViennaHouseMember2023-09-300001722684us-gaap:FranchiseRightsMember2022-12-310001722684us-gaap:FranchiseRightsMemberwh:ViennaHouseMember2022-09-300001722684us-gaap:TrademarksMemberwh:ViennaHouseMember2022-09-300001722684wh:ViennaHouseMember2022-01-012022-09-300001722684us-gaap:BuildingAndBuildingImprovementsMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:BuildingAndBuildingImprovementsMember2022-12-310001722684us-gaap:ComputerEquipmentMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:ComputerEquipmentMember2022-12-310001722684us-gaap:FurnitureAndFixturesMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:FurnitureAndFixturesMember2022-12-310001722684us-gaap:OtherCapitalizedPropertyPlantAndEquipmentMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:OtherCapitalizedPropertyPlantAndEquipmentMember2022-12-310001722684us-gaap:ConstructionInProgressMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:ConstructionInProgressMember2022-12-310001722684us-gaap:TrademarksMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:TrademarksMember2022-12-310001722684us-gaap:FranchiseRightsMember2023-12-310001722684wh:ManagementAgreementsMember2023-12-310001722684wh:ManagementAgreementsMember2022-12-310001722684us-gaap:TrademarksMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:TrademarksMember2022-12-310001722684us-gaap:OtherIntangibleAssetsMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:OtherIntangibleAssetsMember2022-12-310001722684wh:HotelFranchisingSegmentMember2021-12-310001722684wh:HotelFranchisingSegmentMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684wh:HotelFranchisingSegmentMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684wh:HotelFranchisingSegmentMember2023-12-310001722684wh:HotelManagementSegmentMember2021-12-310001722684wh:HotelManagementSegmentMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684wh:HotelManagementSegmentMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684wh:HotelManagementSegmentMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:FranchiseRightsMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684us-gaap:FranchiseRightsMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684us-gaap:FranchiseRightsMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684wh:ManagementAgreementsMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684wh:ManagementAgreementsMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684wh:ManagementAgreementsMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684us-gaap:FranchiseMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684us-gaap:FranchiseMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684us-gaap:FranchiseMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684wh:FranchiseesAndHotelOwnersMember2023-12-310001722684wh:FranchiseesAndHotelOwnersMember2022-12-310001722684wh:ForgivenessOfNoteReceivableMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684wh:ForgivenessOfNoteReceivableMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684wh:ForgivenessOfNoteReceivableMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684wh:DeferredIncomeTaxesMember2023-12-310001722684wh:DeferredIncomeTaxesMember2022-12-310001722684wh:NetOperatingLossCarryforwardMember2023-12-310001722684wh:DeferredTaxAssetMember2023-12-310001722684wh:ForeignTaxCreditMember2023-12-310001722684wh:NetOperatingLossCarryforwardMember2022-12-310001722684wh:DeferredTaxAssetMember2022-12-310001722684wh:ForeignTaxCreditMember2022-12-31xbrli:pure0001722684srt:MinimumMemberus-gaap:DomesticCountryMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:DomesticCountryMembersrt:MaximumMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:LineOfCreditMemberus-gaap:RevolvingCreditFacilityMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:LineOfCreditMemberus-gaap:RevolvingCreditFacilityMember2022-12-310001722684us-gaap:LongTermDebtMemberwh:TermLoanDue2027Member2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:LongTermDebtMemberwh:TermLoanDue2027Member2022-12-310001722684wh:TermLoandue2025Memberus-gaap:LongTermDebtMember2023-12-310001722684wh:TermLoandue2025Memberus-gaap:LongTermDebtMember2022-12-310001722684us-gaap:LongTermDebtMemberwh:TermLoanDue2030Member2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:LongTermDebtMemberwh:TermLoanDue2030Member2022-12-310001722684us-gaap:SeniorNotesMemberwh:SeniorUnsecuredNotesDueAugust2028Member2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:SeniorNotesMemberwh:SeniorUnsecuredNotesDueAugust2028Member2022-12-310001722684wh:WyndhamWorldwideMemberus-gaap:CapitalLeaseObligationsMember2023-12-310001722684wh:WyndhamWorldwideMemberus-gaap:CapitalLeaseObligationsMember2022-12-310001722684wh:TermLoanandSeniorUnsecuredNotesMember2023-12-310001722684wh:TermLoanandSeniorUnsecuredNotesMember2022-12-310001722684us-gaap:RevolvingCreditFacilityMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:RevolvingCreditFacilityMember2018-05-310001722684us-gaap:RevolvingCreditFacilityMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684srt:MinimumMemberus-gaap:RevolvingCreditFacilityMemberus-gaap:BaseRateMember2022-04-082022-04-080001722684srt:MaximumMemberus-gaap:RevolvingCreditFacilityMemberus-gaap:BaseRateMember2022-04-082022-04-080001722684srt:MinimumMemberwh:SecuredOvernightFinancingRateSOFRMemberus-gaap:RevolvingCreditFacilityMemberwh:VariableRateComponentOneMember2022-04-082022-04-080001722684wh:SecuredOvernightFinancingRateSOFRMembersrt:MaximumMemberus-gaap:RevolvingCreditFacilityMemberwh:VariableRateComponentOneMember2022-04-082022-04-080001722684wh:SecuredOvernightFinancingRateSOFRMemberus-gaap:RevolvingCreditFacilityMemberwh:VariableRateComponentTwoMember2022-04-082022-04-080001722684us-gaap:LongTermDebtMemberwh:TermLoanDue2027Member2022-04-080001722684srt:MinimumMemberwh:TermLoanDue2027Memberus-gaap:BaseRateMember2022-04-082022-04-080001722684wh:TermLoanDue2027Membersrt:MaximumMemberus-gaap:BaseRateMember2022-04-082022-04-080001722684srt:MinimumMemberwh:TermLoanDue2027Memberus-gaap:SecuredOvernightFinancingRateSofrOvernightIndexSwapRateMember2022-04-082022-04-080001722684wh:TermLoanDue2027Membersrt:MaximumMemberus-gaap:SecuredOvernightFinancingRateSofrOvernightIndexSwapRateMember2022-04-082022-04-080001722684wh:TermLoanDue2027Memberus-gaap:SecuredOvernightFinancingRateSofrOvernightIndexSwapRateMember2022-04-082022-04-080001722684us-gaap:LongTermDebtMemberwh:TermLoanDue2027Member2022-04-082022-04-080001722684us-gaap:LineOfCreditMember2023-12-310001722684wh:TermLoanDue2030Memberus-gaap:BaseRateMember2023-05-252023-05-250001722684wh:SecuredOvernightFinancingRateSOFROvernightIndexSwapAdjustmentRatePerAnnumMemberwh:TermLoanDue2030Member2023-05-252023-05-250001722684wh:TermLoanDue2030Memberus-gaap:SecuredOvernightFinancingRateSofrOvernightIndexSwapRateMember2023-05-252023-05-250001722684wh:CreditAgreementMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:SeniorNotesMemberwh:SeniorUnsecuredNotesDueAugust2028Member2020-08-310001722684wh:SeniorUnsecuredNotesDueAugust2028Member2020-08-310001722684wh:SeniorUnsecuredNotesDueAugust2028Member2020-08-012020-08-310001722684us-gaap:RevolvingCreditFacilityMember2022-12-310001722684us-gaap:InterestRateSwapMember2018-05-310001722684wh:InterestRateSwap1Member2018-05-310001722684wh:InterestRateSwap1Membersrt:WeightedAverageMember2023-12-310001722684wh:InterestRateSwap2Member2018-05-310001722684wh:InterestRateSwap2Membersrt:WeightedAverageMember2023-12-310001722684wh:InterestRateSwap3Member2018-05-310001722684wh:InterestRateSwap3Membersrt:WeightedAverageMember2023-12-310001722684wh:InterestRateSwap4Member2018-05-310001722684wh:InterestRateSwap4Membersrt:WeightedAverageMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:InterestRateSwapMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684us-gaap:InterestRateSwapMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684us-gaap:InterestRateSwapMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684wh:SeniorUnsecuredNotesdueApril2026Member2020-08-310001722684us-gaap:CarryingReportedAmountFairValueDisclosureMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:EstimateOfFairValueFairValueDisclosureMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:SalesRevenueNetMemberstpr:TXus-gaap:CustomerConcentrationRiskMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684us-gaap:SalesRevenueNetMemberstpr:FLus-gaap:CustomerConcentrationRiskMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684us-gaap:SalesRevenueNetMemberstpr:TXus-gaap:CustomerConcentrationRiskMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684us-gaap:SalesRevenueNetMemberstpr:FLus-gaap:CustomerConcentrationRiskMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684us-gaap:SalesRevenueNetMemberstpr:TXus-gaap:CustomerConcentrationRiskMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684us-gaap:SalesRevenueNetMemberstpr:FLus-gaap:CustomerConcentrationRiskMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684stpr:FL2023-01-012023-12-310001722684stpr:FL2022-01-012022-12-310001722684stpr:FL2021-01-012021-12-310001722684wh:CorePointMemberus-gaap:SalesRevenueNetMemberus-gaap:CustomerConcentrationRiskMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684wh:CorePointMemberwh:RevenueExcludingCostReimbursementsBenchmarkMemberus-gaap:CustomerConcentrationRiskMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684srt:MaximumMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:PaymentGuaranteeMember2023-12-310001722684wh:FairValueOfGuaranteesMember2023-12-310001722684wh:GuaranteeReceivableFromFormerParentMember2023-12-310001722684wh:GuaranteeReceivableFromFormerParentMember2022-12-310001722684wh:WyndhamHotelsResortsInc.2018EquityandIncentivePlanMember2018-05-140001722684wh:WyndhamHotelsResortsInc.2018EquityandIncentivePlanMember2023-12-310001722684wh:KeyEmployeesAndSeniorOfficersMemberus-gaap:RestrictedStockUnitsRSUMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684wh:KeyEmployeesAndSeniorOfficersMemberus-gaap:PerformanceSharesMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684wh:KeyEmployeesAndSeniorOfficersMembersrt:MinimumMemberus-gaap:PerformanceSharesMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684wh:KeyEmployeesAndSeniorOfficersMembersrt:MaximumMemberus-gaap:PerformanceSharesMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684us-gaap:RestrictedStockUnitsRSUMember2022-12-310001722684us-gaap:PerformanceSharesMember2022-12-310001722684us-gaap:PerformanceSharesMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684us-gaap:RestrictedStockUnitsRSUMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:PerformanceSharesMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:CorporateAndOtherMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684us-gaap:OperatingSegmentsMemberwh:HotelFranchisingSegmentMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:AllOtherSegmentsMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:CorporateAndOtherMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684us-gaap:OperatingSegmentsMemberwh:HotelFranchisingSegmentMember2022-12-310001722684us-gaap:OperatingSegmentsMemberwh:HotelManagementSegmentMember2022-12-310001722684us-gaap:AllOtherSegmentsMember2022-12-310001722684us-gaap:CorporateAndOtherMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684us-gaap:OperatingSegmentsMemberwh:HotelFranchisingSegmentMember2021-12-310001722684us-gaap:OperatingSegmentsMemberwh:HotelManagementSegmentMember2021-12-310001722684us-gaap:AllOtherSegmentsMember2021-12-310001722684wh:NonseparationrelatedMemberwh:WyndhamHotelsResortsInc.2018EquityandIncentivePlanMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684wh:NonseparationrelatedMemberwh:WyndhamHotelsResortsInc.2018EquityandIncentivePlanMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684country:US2023-01-012023-12-310001722684us-gaap:NonUsMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684country:US2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:NonUsMember2023-12-310001722684country:US2022-01-012022-12-310001722684us-gaap:NonUsMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684country:US2022-12-310001722684us-gaap:NonUsMember2022-12-310001722684country:US2021-01-012021-12-310001722684us-gaap:NonUsMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684country:US2021-12-310001722684us-gaap:NonUsMember2021-12-310001722684wh:WyndhamGrandBonnetCreekResortSaleMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684wh:WyndhamGrandBonnetCreekResortSaleMember2022-03-012022-03-310001722684wh:WyndhamGrandRioMarResortSaleMember2022-05-012022-05-310001722684wh:WyndhamWorldwideMemberus-gaap:LicensingAgreementsMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684wh:WyndhamWorldwideMemberus-gaap:LicensingAgreementsMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684wh:WyndhamWorldwideMemberus-gaap:LicensingAgreementsMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684wh:WyndhamRewardsMembersrt:AffiliatedEntityMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684wh:WyndhamRewardsMembersrt:AffiliatedEntityMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684wh:WyndhamRewardsMembersrt:AffiliatedEntityMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684srt:AffiliatedEntityMemberus-gaap:LicensingAgreementsMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684srt:AffiliatedEntityMemberus-gaap:LicensingAgreementsMember2023-01-012023-12-310001722684srt:AffiliatedEntityMemberus-gaap:LicensingAgreementsMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684srt:AffiliatedEntityMemberwh:SaleofEuropeanVacationRentalsBusinessMember2020-01-012020-12-310001722684srt:AffiliatedEntityMemberwh:SaleofEuropeanVacationRentalsBusinessMember2023-12-310001722684srt:AffiliatedEntityMemberwh:SaleofEuropeanVacationRentalsBusinessMember2022-12-310001722684srt:AffiliatedEntityMemberwh:SaleofEuropeanVacationRentalsBusinessMember2023-07-012023-09-300001722684us-gaap:AccumulatedTranslationAdjustmentMember2020-12-310001722684us-gaap:AccumulatedNetGainLossFromDesignatedOrQualifyingCashFlowHedgesMember2020-12-310001722684us-gaap:AccumulatedTranslationAdjustmentMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684us-gaap:AccumulatedNetGainLossFromDesignatedOrQualifyingCashFlowHedgesMember2021-01-012021-12-310001722684us-gaap:AccumulatedTranslationAdjustmentMember2021-12-310001722684us-gaap:AccumulatedNetGainLossFromDesignatedOrQualifyingCashFlowHedgesMember2021-12-310001722684us-gaap:AccumulatedNetGainLossFromDesignatedOrQualifyingCashFlowHedgesMember2022-01-012022-12-310001722684us-gaap:AccumulatedTranslationAdjustmentMember2022-12-310001722684us-gaap:AccumulatedNetGainLossFromDesignatedOrQualifyingCashFlowHedgesMember2022-12-310001722684us-gaap:AccumulatedTranslationAdjustmentMember2023-12-310001722684us-gaap:AccumulatedNetGainLossFromDesignatedOrQualifyingCashFlowHedgesMember2023-12-31

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
FORM 10-K
    ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023
or
    TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from         to        
Commission file number 001-38432
whra11.jpg
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
Delaware
82-3356232
(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation or Organization)
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
22 Sylvan Way
07054
Parsippany,
New Jersey
(Zip Code)
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
(973753-6000
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each class
Trading Symbol(s)
Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, Par Value $0.01 per share
WH
New York Stock Exchange
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:
None
(Title of Class)
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. Yes     No
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act. Yes     No 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.  Yes       No 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files). Yes      No 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filer
Accelerated filer
Non-accelerated filer
Smaller reporting company
Emerging growth company
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has filed a report on and attestation to its management’s assessment of the effectiveness of its internal control over financial reporting under Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (15 U.S.C. 7262(b)) by the registered public accounting firm that prepared or issued its audit report.  
If securities are registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act, indicate by check mark whether the financial statements of the registrant included in the filing reflect the correction of an error to previously issued financial statements.
Indicate by check mark whether any of those error corrections are restatements that required a recovery analysis of incentive-based compensation received by any of the registrant’s executive officers during the relevant recovery period pursuant to § 240.10D–1(b). ☐
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes     No 
The aggregate market value of the registrant’s common stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant as of June 30, 2023, was $5.72 billion. All executive officers and directors of the registrant have been deemed, solely for the purpose of the foregoing calculation, to be “affiliates” of the registrant.
As of January 31, 2024, the registrant had outstanding 81,000,261 shares of common stock.
DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE
Portions of the Proxy Statement prepared for the 2024 Annual Meeting of Stockholders are incorporated by reference into Part III of this report.


Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Page
PART I
Item 1.
Item 1A.
Item 1B.
Item 1C.
Item 2.
Item 3.
Item 4.
PART II
Item 5.
Item 6.
Item 7.
Item 7A.
Item 8.
Item 9.
Item 9A.
Item 9B.
Item 9C.
PART III
Item 10.
Item 11.
Item 12.
Item 13.
Item 14.
PART IV
Item 15.
Item 16.


Table of Contents
PART I

Forward-Looking Statements

This Annual Report on Form 10-K (this “Annual Report” or “report”) contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements related to our views and expectations regarding our strategy and the performance of our business, our financial results, our liquidity and capital resources, share repurchases and dividends and other non-historical statements. We claim the protection of the Safe Harbor contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 for forward-looking statements other than with respect to statements made in connection with the unsolicited exchange offer by Choice Hotels International, Inc. (“Choice”) to acquire all outstanding shares of our common stock (the “Exchange Offer”). Forward-looking statements include those that convey management’s expectations as to the future based on plans, estimates and projections at the time we make the statements and may be identified by words such as “will,” “expect,” “believe,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “goal,” “future,” “outlook,” “guidance,” “target,” “objective,” “estimate,” “projection” and similar words or expressions, including the negative version of such words and expressions. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this report.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include without limitation, factors relating to the Exchange Offer, including actions taken by Choice in connection with such offer, actions taken by Wyndham or its stockholders in respect of the Exchange Offer or other actions or developments involving Choice, such as a potential proxy contest, the completion or failure to complete the Exchange Offer, the effects of such offer on our business, such as the cost, loss of time and disruption; general economic conditions, including inflation, higher interest rates and potential recessionary pressures; global or regional health crises or pandemics (such as the COVID-19 pandemic) including the resulting impact on our business operations, financial results, cash flows and liquidity, as well as the impact on our franchisees, guests and team members, the hospitality industry and overall demand for and possible restrictions on travel; the performance of the financial and credit markets; the economic environment for the hospitality industry; operating risks associated with the hotel franchising business; our relationships with franchisees; the ability to realize the potential benefits of business development activity including acquisitions and licensing arrangements; the impact of war, terrorist activity, political instability or political strife, including the ongoing conflicts between Russia and Ukraine and Israel and Hamas, respectively; the Company’s ability to satisfy obligations and agreements under its outstanding indebtedness, including the payment of principal and interest and compliance with the covenants thereunder; risks related to our ability to obtain financing and the terms of such financing, including access to liquidity and capital; and the Company’s ability to make or pay, plans for and the timing and amount of any future share repurchases and/or dividends, as well as the risks described under Part I, Item 1A – Risk Factors.
Where You Can Find More Information
We file annual, quarterly and current reports, proxy statements, reports that are filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and other information with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Our SEC filings are available free of charge to the public over the Internet at the SEC’s website at https://www.sec.gov. Our SEC filings are also available on our website at https://www.wyndhamhotels.com as soon as reasonably practicable after they are filed with or furnished to the SEC. We maintain an internet site at https://www.wyndhamhotels.com. Our website and the information contained on or connected to that site are not incorporated into this Annual Report.
We may use our website as a means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with our disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. Disclosures of this nature will be included on our website in the “Investors” section, which can currently be accessed at www.investor.wyndhamhotels.com. Accordingly, investors should monitor this section of our website in addition to following our press releases, filings submitted with the SEC and any public conference calls or webcasts.
Item 1. Business.
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (“Wyndham Hotels”, the “Company”, “we”, “our” or “us”) is the world’s largest hotel franchising company by number of hotels, with approximately 9,200 affiliated hotels with approximately 872,000 rooms located in over 95 countries and welcoming nearly 140 million guests annually worldwide. We operate a hotel portfolio of 24 brands. Our 24 brands are primarily located in secondary and tertiary cities and approximately 80% of the U.S. population lives within ten miles of at least one of our affiliated hotels. Our mission is to make hotel travel possible for all. Wherever
2


Table of Contents
people go, Wyndham will be there to welcome them. We boast a remarkably asset-light business model dramatically limiting our capital needs and our exposure to the rising wage environment.
The following chart presents the number of branded hotels associated with each of the five largest traditional hotel franchise companies as of December 31, 2023, except for Choice and IHG which are as of September 30, 2023:
Competitor Chart.jpg
         Source: Companies’ public disclosures
Our widely recognized brands with select-service focus offer a breadth of options for franchisees and a wide range of price points and experiences for our guests. We are a global leader in the economy and midscale chain scales where our brands represent approximately 30% of branded rooms in the United States. Additionally, we have a strong presence in the upper midscale chain scale.
The following charts illustrate our system size (by rooms) as of December 31, 2023:
59505951
______________________
* Royalty contribution by geography for 2023 was as follows: U.S. 80%, Canada 5%, EMEA 7%, Asia Pacific 5% and LATAM 3%.
** LATAM is representative of Latin America and the Caribbean.
*** EMEA is representative of Europe, the Middle East, Eurasia and Africa.

3


Table of Contents
As of December 31, 2023, our brand portfolio consisted of the following:
Global Full Year RevPARNorth AmericaAsia Pacific
U.S.CanadaGreater ChinaRest of AsiaEMEALATAMTotal
Economy
Super 8$29.13 Properties1,4191191,110132,663
Rooms85,0917,71768,10550 2,01550 163,028
Days Inn$40.00 Properties1,257106621155101,501
Rooms90,7588,3889,5391,3773,335819114,216
Travelodge$40.14 Properties339100— — — — 439
Rooms22,9417,713— — — — 30,654
Microtel$47.54 Properties2932819 15— 8363
Rooms20,7052,4302,309 1,118— 95527,517
Howard Johnson$30.85 Properties14319743739285
Rooms11,2591,27521,9962,0047902,66439,988
Total Economy$34.90 Properties3,4513721,2653075585,251
Rooms230,75427,523101,9494,5496,1404,488375,403
Midscale
La Quinta$64.09 Properties89929918
Rooms86,285133704 434 765 1,07089,391
Ramada$36.05 Properties279731487024331844
Rooms31,3957,06629,67513,44533,2684,224119,073
Baymont$40.80 Properties5396— — — 1546
Rooms40,835404— — — 11841,357
AmericInn$57.93 Properties218— — — — — 218
Rooms12,866— — — — — 12,866
Wingate$56.54 Properties18988— — 205
Rooms16,5988221,232— — 18,652
Wyndham Alltra NM Properties33
Rooms974974
Wyndham Garden$44.95 Properties65430122724162
Rooms10,1556966,2412,4684,4693,19627,225
Ramada Encore$27.40 Properties— — 2811291078
Rooms— — 3,6942,8143,3581,44311,309
Hawthorn$57.82 Properties68— — 5— 75
Rooms5,284— 306 — 542— 6,132
Trademark Collection$59.72 Properties8716— 14 13123 271
Rooms12,8442,256— 918 17,3275,541 38,886
TRYP$54.44 Properties8— 23261554
Rooms841— 2013883,6271,8056,862
Total Midscale$48.88 Properties2,3521092201124651163,374
Rooms217,10311,37742,05320,46763,35618,371372,727
Upscale
Wyndham$51.25 Properties4750222735183
Rooms12,112640 14,3625,4874,3186,12143,040
Wyndham Grand$56.14 Properties10— 4281678
Rooms3,037— 12,7833,6633,777770 24,030
Dazzler$63.90 Properties— — — — — 1414
Rooms— — — — — 1,7981,798
Esplendor$59.66 Properties— — — — — 99
Rooms— — — — — 806806
Dolce$74.84 Properties41917
Rooms921275— 342 2,747341 4,626
Vienna House$61.73 Properties— 42— 42
Rooms— — 6,584— 6,584
Total Upscale$55.45 Properties61492319461343
Rooms16,07091527,1459,49217,4269,83680,884
Luxury
Registry Collection$79.19 Properties— 516 21
Rooms— 1,8007,156 8,956
Affiliated properties (a)
Properties1723— 11— 3189
Rooms33,65644— 47— 7733,824
Total (b)
$43.10 Properties6,0364881,5771846392549,178
Rooms497,58339,859171,14734,55588,72239,928871,794
______________________
(a)Affiliated properties represent properties under affiliation arrangements with former Parent or other third parties.
(b)Excludes ECHO Suites Extended Stay by Wyndham, which did not have any open hotels. As of December 31, 2023, we had 268 hotels in our pipeline, of which 11 have broken ground.
NM - not meaningful.

4


Table of Contents
The following table presents the changes in our portfolio for the last three years:
As of December 31,
202320222021
PropertiesRoomsPropertiesRoomsPropertiesRooms
Beginning balance 9,059 842,500 8,950 810,100 8,941 795,900 
Additions
500 66,000 490 70,400 415 53,100 
Deletions
(381)(36,700)(381)(38,000)(406)(38,900)
Ending balance9,178 871,800 9,059 842,500 8,950 810,100 
In addition to our current hotel portfolio, we have over 1,900 properties and approximately 240,000 rooms in our development pipeline throughout 57 countries including 8 where we do not currently have a presence. As of December 31, 2023, approximately 42% of our pipeline was located in the U.S. and 58% was located internationally; 79% of our pipeline was for new construction properties, of which 34% have broken ground and 21% represented conversion opportunities.
Our pipeline is typically only a subset of our development activity in any given period as some of our hotel additions are executed and opened in less than 90 days and therefore may never appear in our pipeline. However, we use the pipeline to gauge interest in our brands and our continued ability to drive our net room growth projections.
Our franchise sales team consists of nearly 150 professionals throughout the world. Our sales team is focused on growing our franchise business through conversions of existing branded and independent hotels and partnering with developers to brand newly constructed hotels. In addition to a regional presence in the United States, we currently have sales teams located in England, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, China, Singapore, Canada, India, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Australia. Our international presence in key countries allows us to quickly adapt to changes in the increasingly dynamic global marketplace and to capitalize on new opportunities as they emerge.
In 2023, our sales team executed 864 contracts representing nearly 104,000 rooms. A key component of driving our net room growth is our ability to retain properties within our system. Our 2023 global retention rate was 95.6%, which was a 30 basis point improvement from 2022. Our 2023 U.S. retention rate was 95.4%.
Our Guest Loyalty Program
Wyndham Rewards is our award-winning guest loyalty program that supports our portfolio of brands. The program generates significant repeat business by rewarding guests with points for each qualified stay at all of our participating properties. Members can use points for stays at over 60,000 hotels, vacation club resorts and vacation rentals globally as well as merchandise, gift cards, airlines, charities, and tours and activities. Affiliation with our loyalty programs encourages members to allocate more of their travel spending to our hotels.
Wyndham Rewards has been recognized as one of the simplest, most rewarding loyalty programs in the hotel industry, providing more value to members than any other program. It has won more than 100 awards and accolades in recent years and was recently ranked #1 “Best Hotel Loyalty Program” in USA TODAY 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards for six consecutive years and as one of the “Best Travel Rewards Programs” by US News & World Report for nine years running.
Wyndham Rewards has over 106 million enrolled members. Our members accounted for over 35% of check-ins at our affiliated hotels globally and over 48% in the United States. Total membership grew 7% annually in each 2021, 2022 and 2023, with approximately 7 million new enrolled members added in 2023. Our franchisees benefit from the program through repeat stays and members benefit through free night stays, as well as other redemption options for their points, such as gift cards, merchandise and experiences. The program is funded by contributions from eligible revenues generated by Wyndham Rewards members and collected by us from hotels in our system. These funds are applied to reimburse hotels and partners for Wyndham Rewards points redemptions by loyalty members and to pay for administrative expenses and marketing initiatives that support the program.
5


Table of Contents
OUR FRANCHISING BUSINESS
Hotel Franchising Segment Adjusted EBITDA (a) ($ in millions)
11023
______________________
(a)See Part II Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations for our definition of adjusted EBITDA and the reconciliation of net income/(loss) to adjusted EBITDA. Adjusted EBITDA has been recasted to conform with the current year presentation for 2019 through 2020. 2020 adjusted EBITDA was impacted by COVID-19.
We license our brands and associated trademarks to over 6,100 franchisees globally, which provides for a highly diversified owner base with limited concentration. Our franchisees range from sole proprietors to institutional investors such as public real estate investment trusts. Our franchise agreements are typically 10 to 20 years in length, providing significant visibility into future cash flows. Under these agreements, our direct franchisees generally pay us a royalty fee of 4% to 5% of gross room revenue and a marketing and reservation fee of 3% to 5% of gross room revenue. We occasionally provide financial support in the form of loans or development advances to help generate new business.

OUR STRATEGY
As the world’s largest hotel franchising company by number of hotels, with approximately 9,200 hotels under 24 brands across over 95 countries, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is an asset-light business with significant cash generation capabilities. Our company’s mission is to make hotel travel possible for all and we aim to be the world’s leading provider of select-service hotel brands by delivering the best value to owners and guests.
In support of our mission and vision, our strategic priorities are organized around the following primary goals and objectives:
Growing our direct franchising system by 3-4% in 2024, with an ambition to accelerate to 3-5% annually by 2026 by continuing to improve our franchisee retention rates, investing in our brands and expanding into adjacent market segments and new geographies while supporting the roll-out of our ECHO Suites by Wyndham pipeline.
Targeting new development efforts in high FeePAR (RevPAR + royalty rates) brands and regions.
Optimizing top-line performance and market share for our franchisees by embracing continuous digital innovation and best practices, as well as capitalizing on the growing government spend tied to the U.S. Infrastructure and Chips Acts.
Boosting franchisee profitability by reducing on-property labor and operating costs by deploying state-of-the-art owner-first technology solutions that not only streamline operations but also elevate guest experiences.
Capitalizing on ancillary revenue opportunities by expanding our co-branded credit card offerings, introducing new products and services, building new strategic marketing partnerships and leveraging our unique "blue-tread' licensing partnership with Travel + Leisure Group.
Our strategic priorities are more than just goals; they are a commitment to our shareholders, franchisees, and guests that we will continue to drive growth, operational excellence, and profitability in all we do.

CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY
We are committed to operating our business in a way that is socially, ethically and environmentally responsible. Now more than ever, we must help ensure the future remains bright for travelers around the world. As the world’s largest hotel franchising company by number of hotels, we have a unique opportunity to make a meaningful impact on the world while advancing our mission to make hotel travel possible for all.
6


Table of Contents
As a hospitality company, service and volunteering is deeply rooted in our history and corporate culture. Our teams and franchisees around the world actively engage in their communities, generously giving in ways that enhance the lives of others. We support various charitable programs, including youth and education, military, community and environmental programs. Our philanthropy captures the dedication of our team members, leaders and business partners who have pledged to make lasting, important contributions to the communities in which we operate.

HUMAN CAPITAL
As of December 31, 2023, we had approximately 2,300 employees, consisting of approximately 1,200 employees outside of the United States.
Culture
As a leader in hospitality, we recognize the critical role that service plays for our company. At Wyndham, our values underpin our inclusive culture, drive our growth, nurture innovation, and inspire the great experiences we create for team members and the people we serve. Our signature “Count on Me” service culture encourages each team member to be responsive, respectful, and deliver great experiences to our guests, partners, communities and each other. Our Count on Me promise aligns with our core values – integrity, accountability, inclusiveness, caring and fun – and is embedded and celebrated at all levels of our organization.
Ethical leadership starts with our Board of Directors (the “Board”) and is shared by senior management with every team member across every brand and business at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. Our Business Principles guide our interactions and set the standard for how every one of us should approach our work in service to our mission. All team members are expected to embrace our shared values and principles, and do their part in maintaining the highest ethical standards and behavior as we grow in communities worldwide.
Career Development
Our team members’ career development is key to our ability to attract, reward, and retain the best talent and a top priority at Wyndham. We actively seek to identify and develop talent throughout the organization and maintain a long-standing practice to support the growth and development of all our team members at every stage of their careers. We develop and curate various learning content in partnership with external providers to ensure that team members maintain the knowledge, skills and abilities they need to succeed. These experiences include on-the-job practice, coaching and counseling, effective performance appraisals and honest, timely feedback as well as a vast array of formal leadership programs. Wyndham University, our global learning system, provides our team members with access to a robust learning library that is flexible and accessible to help our team members learn, grow and thrive.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
We respect differences in people, ideas and experiences. Our core values, grounded in caring, respect, inclusiveness and fundamental human rights, infuse different perspectives that reflect our diverse customers, team members, and communities worldwide. While we continue to be recognized for the progress we have made on our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion journey, we know we can do more. We added a diversity, equity and inclusion goal to performance reviews of all team members; bolstered our efforts to recruit, retain and promote diverse talent; expanded our supplier diversity program; and continued our robust diversity, equity and inclusion training programs – all to inspire our people to contribute to meaningful change in our company, our industry, our communities and the world.
Wyndham has seven global affinity business groups. These affinity groups serve as fully inclusive networks where empowered team members foster innovation, help us grow, and enhance diversity, equity and inclusion globally. Members of our executive committee serve as sponsors of the affinity groups where they serve as allies, mentors and advocates.
Our company was named to the 2023 Top 50 Companies for Diversity List by DiversityInc. We were also recognized by Forbes as one of The Best Employers for Diversity for the second consecutive year and named to Newsweek’s list of America’s Greatest Workplaces for Diversity showcasing Wyndham’s continued commitment to providing a workplace that promotes diversity, equity and inclusion for all. Our commitment to supporting the military community afforded Wyndham the VETS Indexes 4 Star Employer designation as part of the 2023 VETS Indexes Employer Awards, a 2023 Military Friendly Employer Silver Award and Military Friendly – Top 10 Supplier Diversity Program Award for the second consecutive year. We were further named to the Newsweek 2023 List of Most Loved Workplaces for the second consecutive year and named one of the 2023 Best Places to Work in New Jersey by New Jersey Business Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. These accolades build on our growing resume of workplace awards.
7


Table of Contents
Throughout our value chain, from team members, franchisees, partners and suppliers to the community and our guests, we believe that diversity of backgrounds, cultures and experiences helps drive our company’s success.
Wellness: Our “Be Well” Program
We are committed to offering programs that focus on the total well-being of all our team members. We also understand that nutrition, exercise, lifestyle management, physical, mental, and emotional wellness, financial health and the quality of the environment in which we work and live are also critical priorities for each of our team members. We believe that health and wellness promote both professional and personal productivity, achievement, and fulfillment, ultimately making us stronger across the organization. To encourage all our team members to lead healthier lifestyles while balancing family, work and other responsibilities, we offer several resources under our Be Well program, including free clinic services, an onsite fitness facility and a Wyndham Relief Fund to help employees who are facing financial hardship.
HUMAN RIGHTS
Human rights are a basic right entitled to all. We remain committed to the well-being and safety of our team members, guests and all those that connect to our industry. In 2023, we continued to donate and encourage our team members and over 106 million enrolled Wyndham Rewards members to support humanitarian causes around the world.
We partnered with the American Hotel & Lodging Association (“AHLA”) to support the 5-Star Promise, a voluntary commitment to enhance policies, trainings, and resources for hotel employees and guests. We are dedicated to our team members’ safety and security and we are proud to unite with our industry in support of a shared commitment to the incredible people who help make our guests’ travels memorable.
We, along with other leaders in our industry, remain committed to supporting our industry’s efforts to end human trafficking. We have worked to enhance our policies and mandated training for all our team members to help them identify and report trafficking activities.
We are proud to work with a number of organizations including ECPAT-USA, an organization whose mission is to protect every child’s human right to grow up free from the threat of sexual exploitation and trafficking.
We also support Polaris, a non-profit organization that spearheads the effort to fight against human trafficking and operates the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline, to which Wyndham donates Wyndham Rewards points to provide victims with temporary safe housing. As part of our giving efforts, Wyndham Rewards and its members have donated approximately 181 million points since inception to various non-profit organizations, including organizations supporting humanitarian causes to redeem for travel and other related goods and services.
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
As the world’s largest hotel franchising company, we have the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on the world and we take that opportunity seriously. We are committed to operating our business in a way that is socially, ethically and environmentally responsible. We engage team members, owners and operators around the world to uphold and leverage our core values to think globally and execute locally.
Through the Wyndham Green Program, we support franchisees by helping them to reduce operating costs through efficiency measures, drive revenue from environmentally conscious travelers, and remain competitive in the market, while increasing brand loyalty. The Wyndham Green Program consists of two integral components: 1) the Wyndham Green Certification, our internal certification with best practices to address energy and water conservation, waste diversion, responsible purchasing, as well as guest, team member and franchisee education and engagement, and 2) the Wyndham Green Toolbox, an environmental management tool that tracks, measures and reports environmental performance data to help franchisees improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas or (“GHG”), emissions, conserve water, and reduce waste – thus minimizing environmental impact.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals serve as a strategic guide for our sustainability program, which helps advance our company’s mission of making hotel travel possible for all. Our focus includes:
Embarking on a long-term journey to help our franchisees reduce their GHG emissions in alignment with efforts to limit the rise in global temperatures in part by providing tools and best practices through our Wyndham Green Program.
8


Table of Contents
Promoting best practices around water conservation at these hotels through our Wyndham Green Program; supporting the access to clean water through our community partnerships; and reducing single-use plastics to promote clean waterways and oceans.
Sharing best practices around waste diversion through our Wyndham Green Program to reduce waste sent to landfills and the environmental impact.
Promoting and expanding best practices for biodiversity protection across Wyndham's franchised hotels; engaging with suppliers to make a meaningful impact to protect forests and biodiversity.
We remain committed to helping our franchisees reduce the energy, water and carbon footprint of their hotels as we work towards achieving our 2025 environmental targets. We continue to evaluate opportunities to increase efficiencies and the usage of renewable energy where feasible as we update our decarbonization plans with longer term targets in alignment with climate science.
We continually monitor and prioritize climate-related risks based on the financial and strategic impacts on our business. Enterprise risks, including those related to sustainability, climate and energy, are identified and assessed on an ongoing basis.
We review climate-related risks using the TCFD recommendations on an annual basis, which include both transition and physical risks. Some risks that we consider include:
Current and emerging regulations, including those pertaining to energy efficiency, energy and GHG emissions reporting and green building codes and standards at the local, state, and national levels, are considered as risks for franchised business.
Acute physical risks (extreme weather events), including hurricanes and wildfires, are increasing in frequency and can impact travel demand in specific markets, supply chains and cause physical damage to franchisee's assets.
Chronic physical risks, such as rising sea levels, rising mean temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns (including droughts) and extreme variability in weather patterns, can influence demand for travel and tourism in key markets adversely by decreasing revenue and/or causing property damage for franchisees.
Our business model is asset-light, which dramatically limits our capital needs and exposure to the effects of climate change while providing us the ability to mitigate and transfer some of the risks associated with physical risks to third parties. Many factors influence our reputation and the value of our hotel brands including the perception held by our guests, our franchisees, our other key stakeholders and the communities in which we do business. The environmental information that we provide is used to inform their purchasing decisions and can directly impact our revenue associated with both franchisee and management fees.
During 2023, Wyndham was named one of the Net-Zero Leaders by Forbes for 2023 (©2023 Forbes. All rights reserved. Used under license), which identifies leading companies that are progressing to a low-carbon economy by 2050 and are also adapting their business model to achieve sustainability targets. As more travelers are looking for environmentally-friendly lodging options, it is critical to position Wyndham-branded hotels optimally to provide environmentally responsible options and to make it simpler for our guests to locate and book stays with these types of hotels. Our 2023 ESG Report, which is available on our corporate website and not incorporated by reference into this Annual Report, contains additional information regarding our commitment to social responsibility and sustainability.
9


Table of Contents
OUR HISTORY
Our business was initially incorporated as Hospitality Franchise Systems, Inc. in 1990 to acquire the Howard Johnson brand and the franchise rights to the Ramada brand in the United States. It was an integral part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation and its predecessor from 1997 to 2018. Wyndham Hotels became an independent, public company in May 2018 when it was spun-off from Wyndham Worldwide, now known as Travel + Leisure Co. (“Travel + Leisure”).
WHTimeline.jpg

COMPETITION
We encounter competition among hotel franchisors and lodging operators. We believe franchisees make decisions based principally upon the perceived value and quality of the brand and the services offered. We further believe that the perceived value of a brand name is partially a function of the success of the existing hotels franchised under the brand.
The ability of an individual franchisee to compete may be affected by the location and quality of its property, the number of competitors in the vicinity, community reputation and other factors. A franchisee’s success may also be affected by general, regional and local economic conditions. The potential effect of these conditions on our performance is substantially reduced by virtue of the diverse locations of our affiliated hotels and by the scale of our base. Our system is dispersed among over 6,100 franchisees, which reduces our exposure to any one franchisee. One master franchisor in China for the Super 8 brand accounts for 12% of our hotels. Apart from this relationship, no one franchisee accounts for more than 2% of our hotels.

SEASONALITY
While the hotel industry is seasonal in nature, periods of higher revenues vary property-by-property and performance is dependent on location and guest base. Based on historical performance, revenues from franchise contracts are generally higher in the second and third quarters than in the first or fourth quarters due to increased leisure travel during the spring and
10


Table of Contents
summer months. Our cash from operating activities may not necessarily follow the same seasonality as our revenues and may vary due to timing of working capital requirements and other investment activities. The seasonality of our business may cause fluctuations in our quarterly operating results, earnings, profit margins and cash flows. As we expand into new markets and geographical locations, we may experience increased or different seasonality dynamics that create fluctuations in operating results different from the fluctuations we have experienced in the past.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Wyndham Hotels owns the trademarks and other intellectual property rights related to our hotel brands, including the “Wyndham” trademark. We actively use, directly or through our licensees, these trademarks and other intellectual property rights. We operate in a highly competitive industry in which the trademarks and other intellectual property rights related to our hotel brands are very important to the marketing and sales of our services. We believe that our hotel brand names have come to represent high standards of quality, caring, service and value to our franchisees and guests. We register the trademarks we own in the United States Patent and Trademark Office, as well as with other relevant authorities, where we deem appropriate, and otherwise seek to protect our trademarks and other intellectual property rights from unauthorized use as permitted by law.

GOVERNMENT REGULATION
Our business is subject to various foreign and U.S. federal and state laws and regulations. In particular, our franchisees are subject to the local laws and regulations in each country in which such hotels are operated, including employment laws and practices, privacy laws and tax laws, which may provide for tax rates that vary from those of the United States and which may provide that our foreign earnings are subject to withholding requirements or other restrictions, unexpected changes in regulatory requirements or monetary policy and other potentially adverse tax consequences. Our franchisees and other aspects of our business are also subject to various foreign and U.S. federal and state laws and regulations, including the Americans with Disabilities Act and similar legislation in certain jurisdictions outside of the United States.
The Federal Trade Commission, various states and other foreign jurisdictions regulate the offer and sale of franchises. The Federal Trade Commission requires us to furnish to prospective franchisees a franchise disclosure document containing prescribed information prior to execution of a binding franchise agreement or payment of money by the prospective franchisee. State regulations also require franchisors to make extensive disclosure to prospective franchisees, and a number of states also require registration of the franchise disclosure document prior to sale of any franchise within the state. Non-compliance with disclosure and registration laws can affect the timing of our ability to sell franchises in these jurisdictions. Additionally, laws in many states and foreign jurisdictions also govern the franchise relationship, such as imposing limits on a franchisor’s ability to terminate franchise agreements or to withhold consent to the renewal or transfer of these agreements. Failure to comply with these laws and regulations has the potential to result in fines, injunctive relief, and/or payment of damages or restitution to individual franchisees or regulatory bodies, or negative publicity impairing our ability to sell franchises.
INFORMATION ABOUT OUR EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
Geoffrey A. Ballotti, 62, serves as our President and Chief Executive Officer and member of our Board. From March 2014 to May 2018, Mr. Ballotti served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Wyndham Hotel Group. From March 2008 to March 2014, Mr. Ballotti served as Chief Executive Officer of Wyndham Destination Network. From October 2003 to March 2008, Mr. Ballotti was President of the North America Division of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. From 1989 to 2003, Mr. Ballotti held leadership positions of increasing responsibility at Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, including President of Starwood North America, Executive Vice President, Operations, Senior Vice President, Southern Europe and Managing Director, Ciga Spa, Italy. Prior to joining Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Mr. Ballotti was a Banking Officer in the Commercial Real Estate Group at the Bank of New England.
Michele Allen, 49, serves as our Chief Financial Officer. From May 2018 to December 2019, Ms. Allen served as Executive Vice President and Treasurer. From April 2015 to May 2018, Ms. Allen served as Senior Vice President of Finance for Wyndham Worldwide. From August 2006 to March 2015, Ms. Allen held leadership positions of increasing responsibility at Wyndham Hotel Group, including Senior Vice President of Finance and Controller. From 1999 to August 2006, Ms. Allen served in positions of increasing responsibility at Wyndham Worldwide’s predecessor. Ms. Allen began her career as an independent auditor at Deloitte & Touche LLP.
Paul F. Cash, 54, serves as our General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary. From October 2017 to May 2018, Mr. Cash served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Wyndham Hotel Group. From April 2005 to September 2017, Mr. Cash served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel and in legal executive positions
11


Table of Contents
with increasing leadership responsibility for Wyndham Destination Network. From January 2003 to April 2005, Mr. Cash was a partner in the Mergers and Acquisitions, International and Entertainment and New Media practice groups of Alston & Bird LLP and from February 1997 to December 2002 he was an associate at Alston & Bird LLP. From August 1995 until February 1997, Mr. Cash was an associate at the law firm Pünder, Volhard, Weber & Axster in Frankfurt, Germany.
Lisa Borromeo Checchio, 43, serves as our Chief Marketing Officer. From May 2018 to January 2019, Ms. Checchio served as our Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. From August 2015 to May 2018, Ms. Checchio served in positions of increasing responsibility for Wyndham Hotel Group including Senior Vice President, Global Brands. From July 2004 to August 2015, Ms. Checchio held several marketing positions of increasing responsibility and served as Brand Marketing and Advertising Director for JetBlue Airways.
Monica Melancon, 56, serves as our Chief Human Resource Officer. From March 2020 to February 2021, Ms. Melancon served as Group Vice President, Human Resources – Managed. Ms. Melancon joined Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. in May 2018 and continued in her role as Vice President, Employee Relations following the Company’s acquisition of La Quinta in May 2018 where she had served in the same role from August 2016 to May 2018. Ms. Melancon previously served as Regional Employee Relations Manager of La Quinta from March 2015 to July 2016. Prior to joining La Quinta, Ms. Melancon served 15 years in various human resource positions of increasing responsibility at Target Corporation.
Nicola Rossi, 57, serves as our Chief Accounting Officer. From July 2006 to May 2018, Mr. Rossi served as Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer for Wyndham Worldwide. Mr. Rossi was Vice President and Controller of Cendant’s Hotel Group from June 2004 to July 2006. From April 2002 to June 2004, Mr. Rossi served as Vice President, Corporate Finance for Cendant. From April 2000 to April 2002, Mr. Rossi was Corporate Controller and from June 1999 to March 2000 was Assistant Corporate Controller of Jacuzzi Brands, Inc. Mr. Rossi began his career as an independent auditor at Deloitte & Touche LLP.
Scott R. Strickland, 53, serves as our Chief Information and Distribution Officer. From May 2018 through November 2023, Mr. Strickland served as Chief Information Officer of the Company. From March 2017 to May 2018, Mr. Strickland served as Chief Information Officer of Wyndham Hotel Group. From November 2011 to March 2017, Mr. Strickland served as Chief Information Officer for Denon Marantz Electronics. From February 2005 to June 2010, Mr. Strickland served as Chief Information Officer for Black & Decker HHI. From 1999 to 2005, Mr. Strickland served as an Associate Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Item 1A. Risk Factors.

RISK FACTORS
You should carefully consider each of the following risk factors and all of the other information set forth in this report. Based on the information currently known to us, we believe that the following information identifies the most significant risk factors affecting our Company. However, the risks and uncertainties we face are not limited to those set forth in the risk factors described below. Additional risks and uncertainties not presently known to us or that we currently believe to not presently create significant risk to us may also adversely affect our business. In addition, past financial performance may not be a reliable indicator of future performance and historical trends should not be used to anticipate results or trends in future periods. If any of the following risks and/or uncertainties develop into actual events, these events could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition or results of operations. In such case, the trading price of our common stock could decline.

Risks Relating to Our Industry

The lodging industry is highly competitive, and we are subject to risks related to competition that may adversely affect our performance and growth.

Our continued success depends upon our ability to compete effectively in markets that contain numerous competitors, some of whom may have significantly greater financial, marketing and other resources than we have. We compete with other hotel franchisors for franchisees and we may not be able to grow our franchise system. New hotels may be constructed and these additions to supply create new competitors, in some cases without corresponding increases in demand for lodging. Competition may reduce fee structures, potentially causing us to lower our fees and/or offer other incentives, and may require us to offer terms to prospective franchisees less favorable to us than current franchise agreements, which may adversely impact our profits. Our franchisees also compete with alternative lodging channels, including third-party providers of short-term rental properties and serviced apartments. Increasing use of these alternative lodging channels could adversely affect the
12


Table of Contents
occupancy and/or average rates at franchised hotels and our revenues. The use of business models by competitors that are different from ours may require us to change our model so that we can remain competitive.

Declines in or disruptions to the travel and hotel industries may adversely affect us.

We face risks affecting the travel and hotel industries that include, but are not limited to: economic slowdown and potential recessionary pressures; economic factors such as inflation, rising interest rates, employment layoffs, increased costs of living and reduced discretionary income, which may adversely impact decisions by consumers and businesses to use travel accommodations; domestic unrest, terrorist incidents and threats and associated heightened travel security measures; political instability or political and regional strife, including the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine; acts of God such as earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, floods, volcanoes and other natural disasters; war, including the Israel-Hamas war; concerns with or threats of known and novel contagious diseases or health epidemics or pandemics; environmental disasters; lengthy power outages; cyber threats, increased pricing, financial instability and capacity constraints of air carriers; airline job actions and strikes. Increases in the frequency and severity of extreme weather events and other consequences of climate change (including any related regulation) could impact travel demand generally, lead to supply chain interruptions, cause damage to physical assets or adversely impact the accessibility or desirability of travel to certain locations.

For example, certain of our franchisees’ properties are located in coastal areas that could be threatened should sea levels dramatically rise, or are located in areas where the risk of natural or climate-related disaster or other catastrophic losses exists, and the occurrence of such an event could cause substantial damage to our franchisees and/or the surrounding area. Because a significant portion of our revenues is derived from fees based on room revenues, disruptions at our franchised properties due to such occurrences may adversely impact the fees we collect from these properties. In the event of a substantial loss, the insurance coverage carried by our franchisees may not be sufficient to pay the full value of financial obligations, liabilities or the replacement cost of any lost investment or property held by our franchisees. Additionally, certain types of losses may be uninsurable or prohibitively expensive to insure, and other types of losses or risks that our franchisees may face could fall outside of the general coverage terms and limits of our policies. Such factors could lead to certain losses by our franchisees being completely uninsured in which case we could lose future franchisee fees and may be exposed to a potential impairment of any development advance notes funded to the franchisee should the underlying guarantees provided to us prove to be insufficient.

Any declines in or disruptions to the travel or hotel industries may adversely affect travel demand and the results of our operations, and those of our current franchised hotels and potential franchisees and developers. Any of these factors could increase our costs, reduce our revenues and otherwise adversely impact our profitability and/or opportunities for growth.

The ongoing conflicts between Russia and Ukraine and Israel and Hamas, respectively, have and may continue to negatively impact macro-economic conditions, which may adversely affect discretionary consumer spending and, as a result, our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the Israel-Hamas war have negatively affected the global economy. Financial and economic sanctions imposed on certain industry sectors and parties in Russia by the U.S., United Kingdom and European Union, as well as retaliatory actions by Russia, could have a negative impact on the global economy. The current conflicts between Russia and Ukraine and Israel and Hamas, respectively, have not materially affected our overall operations and our operations in both regions are immaterial. However, these conflicts have negatively impacted global macro-economic conditions and prolonged conflicts, the potential expansion of the conflicts into other European and Middle Eastern countries, or the direct involvement of the U.S. or other countries where we source our guests could have more significant impacts on macro-economic conditions, which could adversely affect discretionary consumer spending and, consequently, our operations.

Additional risks to our business relating to the Russia and Ukraine and Israel and Hamas conflicts include potential interruptions in global supply chains and the availability of items essential to our operations, the heightened possibility of cyberattacks and terrorist activity, volatility or disruption in financial markets and the potential for travel restrictions affecting our guests’ ability to access our franchisees’ hotel locations.

Third-party internet travel intermediaries and peer-to-peer online networks may adversely affect us.

Consumers use third-party internet travel intermediaries, including search engines, and peer-to-peer online networks to search for and book their lodging accommodations. As the percentage of internet reservations increases, travel intermediaries may be able to obtain higher commissions and reduced room rates to the detriment of our business. Additionally, such travel intermediaries may divert reservations away from our direct online channels or increase the overall cost of internet reservations for our affiliated hotels through their fees and a variety of online marketing methods, including the purchase by certain travel intermediaries of keywords consisting of or containing our hotel brands from Internet search engines to
13


Table of Contents
influence search results and direct guests to their websites. If we fail to reach satisfactory agreements with travel intermediaries, our affiliated hotels may not appear on their websites and we could lose business as a result. Further, travel intermediaries may seek to offer distribution services under their own brands directly to lodging accommodations in competition with our core franchise business.

Pandemics and other health crises could affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

The emergence, severity, magnitude and duration of global or regional health crises are uncertain and difficult to predict. A pandemic, such as another wave of COVID-19 which in the past had an adverse impact on our business, could again affect certain business operations, consumer demand in the hospitality industry, costs of doing business, availability of labor, access to inventory, supply chain operations, our ability to predict future performance, exposure to litigation, and our financial performance, among other things. Other factors and uncertainties related to potential pandemics and health crises include, but are not limited to:

Evolving macroeconomic factors, including general economic uncertainty, unemployment rates, and recessionary pressures;
Changes in labor markets affecting us and our suppliers;
Unknown consequences on our business performance and initiatives stemming from the substantial investment of time and other resources to the pandemic response;
Potential government actions including, but not limited to, restrictions on travel and stay-in-place directives;
The pace of post-pandemic recovery;
The long-term impact of the pandemic on our business, including consumer behaviors; and
Disruption and volatility within the financial and credit markets.

Risks Relating to Our Operations and Acquisitions

We are subject to business, financial, operating and other risks common to the hotel and hotel franchising industries which also affect our franchisees, any of which could reduce our revenues, limit our growth or otherwise impact our business.

A significant portion of our revenue is derived from fees based on room revenues at hotels franchised under our brands. As such, our business is subject, directly or through our franchisees, to risks common in the hotel and hotel franchising industries, including risks related to:

our ability to meet our objectives for growth in the number of our franchised hotels and hotel rooms in our franchise system and to retain and renew franchisee contracts, all on favorable terms;
the number, occupancy and room rates of hotels operating under our franchise agreements;
the delay of hotel openings in our pipeline;
changes in the supply and demand for hotel rooms;
increased pricing or supply chain disruptions for raw materials which could cause delays in the completion and development of new hotels;
our ability to develop and maintain positive relations and contractual arrangements with current and potential franchisees under our franchise agreements and other third parties, including marketing alliances and affiliations with e-commerce channels;
our franchisees’ pricing decisions;
the quality of the services provided by franchisees and their investments in the maintenance and improvement of properties;
the bankruptcy or insolvency of a significant number of our franchised hotels;
the financial condition of franchisees, owners or other developers and the availability of financing to them;
adverse events occurring at franchised hotel locations, including personal injuries, food tampering, contamination or the spread of illness, including through pandemics or other health crises;
negative publicity, which could damage our hotel brands;
our ability to successfully market our current or any future hotel brands and programs, including our rewards program, and to service or pilot new initiatives;
our relationship with certain multi-unit franchisees;
changes in the laws, regulations, legislation and government spending affecting our business, internationally and domestically, including changes relating to the U.S. Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the CHIPS Act and the Inflation Reduction Act resulting from a change in governing party, if any;
our failure to adequately protect and maintain our trademarks and other intellectual property rights;
the relative mix of branded hotels in the various hotel industry price categories;
corporate budgets and spending and cancellations, deferrals or renegotiations of group business;
14


Table of Contents
seasonal or cyclical volatility in our business;
operating costs, including as a result of inflation, energy costs and labor costs, such as minimum wage increases and unionization, workers’ compensation and healthcare related costs and insurance; and
disputes, claims and litigation and other legal proceedings concerning our franchised hotels’ operations, including with consumers, government regulators, other businesses, franchisees, organized labor activities and class actions.

Any of these factors could reduce our revenues, increase our costs or otherwise limit our opportunities for growth.

We have been the subject of unsolicited interest from Choice, which has been, and may continue to be, a distraction to our management and employees and could have a material adverse impact on our business and operations.

On December 12, 2023, Choice commenced the Exchange Offer. The uncertainty regarding the Exchange Offer may be disruptive to our business, which could have a negative effect on our operations, financial condition or results of operations. Management and employee distraction related to Choice’s unsolicited interest also may adversely impact our ability to optimally conduct our business and pursue our strategic objectives.

As discussed in our Solicitation/Recommendation Statement filed in response to the Exchange Offer on Schedule 14D-9, on December 18, 2023 (the “Solicitation/Recommendation Statement”), Choice previously made a series of proposals to acquire all of our outstanding shares of common stock (the “Proposals”). Our Board rejected each of the Proposals, concluding that the Proposals were inadequate in terms of price, consideration mix and other terms. Upon rejection of the Proposals, Choice subsequently commenced the Exchange Offer.

On January 22, 2024, Choice sent us notice of their intent to nominate directors to replace our entire Board at the company’s 2024 annual meeting of stockholders and a proposal to repeal any amendments to our third amended and restated by-laws adopted subsequent to January 4, 2023. We believe Choice’s purported nominations are made in furtherance of its Proposals and Exchange Offer.

Responding to and defending against the Proposals, the Exchange Offer and Choice’s potential proxy contest has been, and may continue to be, a distraction for our Board, management and employees, and has required, and may continue to require, us to incur additional expenses and costs.

As of December 31, 2023, we had (i) an aggregate principal amount of $160 million outstanding under our revolving credit facility due April 2027, (ii) an aggregate principal amount of $385 million outstanding under our term loan A due April 2027, (iii) an aggregate principal amount of $1.14 billion outstanding under our term loan B due 2030 and (iv) an aggregate principal amount of $500 million outstanding of 4.375% senior unsecured notes due 2028 (the “2028 Notes”).

In the event of a change of control, there is a potential risk of default under the credit agreement governing our term loans and revolving credit facility and under the indenture governing the 2028 Notes. Pursuant to the credit agreement, the Exchange Offer and subsequent change of control could result in an event of default permitting the lenders thereunder to terminate their commitments and declare any outstanding principal and accrued interest amounts immediately due and payable under our term loan A and term loan B. Pursuant to the indenture governing the 2028 Notes, in the event that the consummation of the Exchange Offer constitutes a change of control and such change of control is accompanied by a ratings downgrade of the 2028 Notes by each of Moody’s and S&P’s within a specified period of time and subject to certain conditions, then Wyndham would be required to offer to repurchase the 2028 Notes at a price of 101% of their principal amount plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to, but not including, the date of repurchase.

We cannot assure stockholders that any waiver or amendment of such change of control provisions would be obtainable or that any replacement financing would be available, in each case on commercially reasonable terms, if at all. In short, if the Exchange Offer is consummated, our liquidity and ability to operate our business could be materially and adversely impacted. Any of our future debt agreements could contain similar restrictions and provisions. We might not have sufficient funds to repay the amounts due in relation to our debt instruments following a change of control.

The uncertain regulatory timeline and an extended period of time between commencement of the Exchange Offer and its closing or termination may present significant risks to our business.

There may be an extended period between announcement and closing or termination of the transaction, which coupled with an uncertain and extended regulatory review period, exposes us and our stockholders to meaningful risks, including, among others (i) fewer room openings and new business development disruption (through both fewer new signings added to the pipeline and higher breakage of the existing pipeline) and deterioration in segment-leading retention rates, (ii) competitors (including Choice) capitalizing on franchisee uncertainty, (iii) stagnated development of our fast-growing ECHO Suites brand and (iv) challenges attracting and retaining team members. Such factors could have a material impact on our business, reducing its growth rate, EBITDA, cash flow, valuation multiple and, ultimately, the share price of our common stock.
15


Table of Contents

The consummation of the Exchange Offer also presents additional risks, as discussed in Item 4, “The Solicitation or Recommendation—Background of the Offer and Reasons for Recommendation” of the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement in our Schedule 14D-9 filed on December 18, 2023 with the SEC.

Our international operations are subject to additional risks not generally applicable to our domestic operations.

Our international operations are subject to numerous risks including: exposure to local economic conditions; potential adverse changes in the diplomatic relations of foreign countries with the U.S.; hostility from local populations; political instability, including as a result of the ongoing conflicts between Russia and Ukraine and Israel and Hamas, respectively; trade disputes with trade partners, including China, potential military conflict resulting from escalating political tensions with Russia and China and other geopolitical risks; threats or acts of terrorism; the effect of disruptions caused by severe weather, natural disasters, outbreak of disease, such as pandemics or other health crises, or other events that make travel to a particular region less attractive or more difficult; the presence and acceptance of varying levels of business corruption in international markets; restrictions and taxes on the withdrawal of foreign investment and earnings; government policies against businesses or properties owned by foreigners; investment restrictions or requirements; diminished ability to legally enforce our contractual rights in foreign countries; forced nationalization of hotel properties by local, state or national governments; foreign exchange restrictions; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, including the negative impact of the weakening of foreign currencies in geographic regions in which we operate relative to the U.S. dollar; our ability to, or our decision whether or not in particular instances to, hedge against foreign currency effects, and whether we are successful in any such hedging transactions; the ability to comply with or the effect of complying with new and developing laws, regulations and policies of foreign governments, including with respect to climate change; conflicts between local laws and U.S. laws, including laws that impact our rights to protect our intellectual property; withholding and other taxes on remittances and other payments by subsidiaries; and changes in and application of foreign taxation structures including value added taxes. Any adverse outcome resulting from the financial instability or performance of foreign economies, the instability of other currencies and the related volatility on foreign exchange and interest rates could adversely impact our results of operations, financial condition or cash flows.

We are dependent on our senior management and the loss of any member of our senior management could harm our business.

We believe that our future growth depends in part on the continued services of our senior management team. Losing the services of any member of our senior management team could adversely affect our strategic relationships and impede our ability to execute our business strategies. The market for qualified individuals may be highly competitive and finding and recruiting suitable replacements for senior management may be difficult, time-consuming and costly. While we have updated our policies and practices to provide more flexibility for remote work, we may experience increased attrition of employees to other opportunities as a result of the tightening and increasingly competitive labor market and, particularly as certain employees may seek more flexible work alternatives than we offer, may seek positions with companies outside of the geographic area in which they live that offer remote work opportunities, or may decide to scale back their work life for personal reasons. If we are unable to retain our personnel, particularly our executive officers and senior management team, our business could be harmed.

Acquisitions and other strategic transactions may not prove successful and could result in operating difficulties and failure to realize anticipated benefits.

We regularly consider a wide array of acquisitions and other potential strategic transactions, including acquisitions of hotel brands, businesses and real property, joint ventures, business combinations, strategic investments and dispositions. Any of these transactions could be material to our business. We often compete for these opportunities with third parties, which may cause us to lose potential opportunities or to pay more than we may otherwise have paid absent such competition. We may not be able to identify and consummate strategic transactions and opportunities on favorable terms and any such strategic transactions or opportunities, if consummated, may not be successful.

Risks Relating to Our Relationships with Third Parties

Our license and other fees could be impacted by any softness in Travel + Leisure’s sales of vacation ownership interests.

In connection with our 2018 spin-off (the “Spin-Off”) from Wyndham Worldwide, now known as Travel + Leisure Co. (“Travel + Leisure”), we entered into a number of agreements with Travel + Leisure that govern our ongoing relationship with Travel + Leisure. Our success depends, in part, on the maintenance of our ongoing relationship with Travel + Leisure, Travel + Leisure’s performance of its obligations under these agreements and continued strategic focus on sales of vacation
16


Table of Contents
ownership interests, including Travel + Leisure’s maintenance of the quality of products and services it sells under the “Wyndham” trademark and certain other trademarks and intellectual property that we license to Travel + Leisure. Under the License, Development and Noncompetition Agreement, Travel + Leisure pays us significant royalties and other fees based on the volume of Travel + Leisure’s sales of vacation ownership interests and other vacation products and services. If Travel + Leisure is unable to compete effectively for sales of vacation ownership interests, our royalty fees under such agreement could be adversely impacted. If we are unable to maintain a good relationship with Travel + Leisure, or if Travel + Leisure does not perform its obligations under these agreements, fails to maintain the quality of the products and services it sells under the “Wyndham” trademark and certain other trademarks or fails to pay such royalties, our earnings could decrease.

Risks Relating to Regulation and Technology

Our operations are subject to extensive regulation and the cost of compliance or failure to comply with regulations may adversely affect us.

Our operations are regulated by federal, state and local governments in the countries in which we operate. In addition, U.S. and international federal, state and local regulators may enact new laws and regulations that may reduce our profits or require us to modify our business practices substantially. If we are not in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, including, among others, those governing franchising, hotel operations, lending, information security, data protection and privacy (such as the General Data Protection Regulation, U.S. State privacy laws, the Personal Information Protection Law of the People’s Republic of China or similar laws or regulations), credit card security standards, marketing, including sales, consumer protection and advertising, unfair and deceptive trade practices, fraud, bribery and corruption, licensing, labor, employment, anti-discrimination, health care, health and safety, accessibility, immigration, gaming, environmental, intellectual property, securities, stock exchange listing, accounting, tax and regulations applicable under the Dodd-Frank Act, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Sherman Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and local equivalents in international jurisdictions, including the United Kingdom Bribery Act, we may be subject to regulatory investigations or actions, fines, civil and/or criminal penalties, injunctions and potential criminal prosecution. Changes to such laws and regulations and the cost of compliance or failure to comply with such regulations may adversely affect us.

Additionally, some jurisdictions are considering or have undertaken actions to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency, energy consumption reporting and green building codes. Such actions could affect the operation of our franchisees’ properties and result in increased capital expenditures, such as those used to improve the energy efficiency of properties. The cost of such governmental actions would depend upon the specific requirements and may impact our financial condition, results of operations or ability to compete.

Failure to maintain the security of personally identifiable and proprietary information, non-compliance with our contractual obligations regarding such information or a violation of our privacy and security policies or processes with respect to such information could adversely affect us.

In connection with our business, we and our service providers collect, use and store large volumes of certain types of personal and proprietary information pertaining to guests, franchisees, stockholders and employees. Such information includes, but is not limited to, large volumes of guest credit and payment card information. We are at risk of attack by cybercriminals operating on a global basis attempting to gain access to such information. In connection with data security incidents involving a group of Wyndham brand hotels that occurred between 2008 and 2010, one of our subsidiaries is subject to a stipulated order with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”), pursuant to which, among other things, it must meet certain requirements for reasonable data security as outlined in the stipulated order.

While we maintain what we believe are reasonable security controls over personal and proprietary information as part of our risk assessment program in an effort to protect, detect, respond to, and minimize or prevent risks and to enhance the resiliency of our information technology systems, a breach of or breakdown in our systems could result in operating failures, unauthorized access, service interruptions or failures, security breaches, malicious intrusions, theft, exfiltration, ransomware, cyber-attacks, or other compromises of our systems that result in the unauthorized release of personal or proprietary information. Such breach could have a material adverse effect on our hotel brands, reputation, business, financial condition and results of operations, as well as subject us to significant fines, litigation, losses, third-party damages and other liabilities, or our subsidiary could fail to comply with the stipulated order with the FTC. We may face increased cybersecurity risks due to our increasing reliance on internet technology and the number of our employees who are working remotely, which may create additional opportunities for cybercriminals to exploit vulnerabilities. Cybercriminal “hacker” activity has increased in sophistication, duration and frequency since 2020 and poses additional risks.

Data breaches, viruses, ransomware, worms, malicious software, and other serious cyber incidents have increased globally, along with the methods, techniques and complexity of attacks, including efforts to discover and exploit any design flows, bugs or other security vulnerabilities. Additionally, continued geopolitical turmoil, including the ongoing conflicts
17


Table of Contents
between Russia and Ukraine and Israel and Hamas, respectively, has heightened the risk of cyber-attacks. We have been, and likely will continue to be, subject to such cyber-attacks. Also, the same cyber security issues exist for the third parties with whom we interact and share information, and cyber-attacks on third parties which possess or use our guest, personnel and other information could adversely impact us in the same way as would a direct cyber-attack on us. Although we do not believe we have incurred any ongoing material adverse impact on our business strategy, results of operations or financial condition as a result of any present or recent cyber-attack, there is no guarantee that cyber-attacks have not gone generally undetected or without general recognition of magnitude or will not occur in the future, any of which could materially adversely affect our brands, reputation, consumer confidence in us, costs and profitability. In addition, the security measures we deploy are not perfect or impenetrable, and we may be unable to anticipate or prevent all unauthorized access attempts made on our systems or those of our third-party service providers.

Additionally, the legal and regulatory environment surrounding information security and privacy in the U.S. and international jurisdictions is constantly evolving, including recent developments and complexities with regard to requirements for the cross-border transfer of personal information due to emerging laws, regulations and judicial decisions (such as cross-border data transfer regulations issued by the People’s Republic of China authorities). Other jurisdictions may impose additional restrictions or requirements on cross-border transfers including limitations on transferring data beyond the originating country. Violation or non-compliance with any of these laws or regulations, contractual requirements relating to data security and privacy, or with our own privacy and security policies or processes, either intentionally or unintentionally, or through the acts of intermediaries could have a material adverse effect on our hotel brands, reputation, business, financial condition and results of operations, as well as subject us to significant fines, litigation, losses, third-party damages and other liabilities. While we maintain cyber risk insurance, in the event of a significant security or data breach, this insurance may not cover all of the losses (including but not limited to financial, operational, legal, business or reputational losses) that we may suffer and may result in increased cost or impact the future availability of coverage.

We rely on information technologies and systems to operate our business, which involves reliance on third-party service providers and on uninterrupted operation of service facilities.

We rely on information technologies and systems to operate our business, which involves reliance on third-party service providers (including cloud-based service providers) such as Sabre Corporation and its SynXis Platform and uninterrupted operations of our and third-party service facilities, including those used for reservation systems, hotel/property management, communications, procurement, call centers, operation of our loyalty program and administrative systems. We and our vendors also maintain physical facilities to support these systems and related services. As a result, in addition to failures that occur from time to time in the ordinary course of business, we and our vendors may be vulnerable to system failures, computer hacking, cyber-terrorism, computer viruses and other intentional or unintentional interference, negligence, fraud, misuse and other unauthorized attempts to access or interfere with these systems and our personal and proprietary information. The increased scope and complexity of our information technology infrastructure and systems could contribute to the potential risk of security breaches or breakdown. Any natural disaster, disruption or other impairment in our technology capabilities and service facilities or those of our vendors could adversely affect our business. In addition, failure to keep pace with developments in technology could impair our operations or competitive position.

We may use artificial intelligence in our business, and challenges with properly managing its use could result in reputational harm, competitive harm, and legal liability, and adversely affect our results of operations.

We may incorporate artificial intelligence (“AI”) solutions into our business, offerings, services and features, and these applications may become important in our operations over time. Our competitors or other third parties may incorporate AI into their products more quickly or more successfully than us, which could impair our ability to compete effectively and adversely affect our results of operations. Additionally, if the content, analyses, or recommendations that AI applications assist in producing are or are alleged to be deficient, inaccurate, or biased, our business, financial condition, and results of operations may be adversely affected. The use of AI applications may result in cybersecurity incidents that implicate the personal data of end users of such applications. Any such cybersecurity incidents related to our use of AI applications could adversely affect our reputation and results of operations. AI also presents emerging ethical issues and if our use of AI becomes controversial, we may experience brand or reputational harm, competitive harm, or legal liability. The rapid evolution of AI, including potential future regulation of AI, may also result in additional costs associated with compliance with emerging regulations. The rapid evolution of AI, including potential government regulation of AI, may require significant resources to develop, test and maintain our business, offerings, services, and features to help us implement AI ethically in order to minimize unintended, harmful impact.

18


Table of Contents
Risks Relating to Our Tax Treatment and Indebtedness

Changes in U.S. federal, state and local or foreign tax law, interpretations of existing tax law or adverse determinations by tax authorities could increase our tax burden or otherwise adversely affect our financial condition or results of operations.

We are subject to taxation at the federal, state and local levels in the U.S. and various other countries and jurisdictions. Our future effective tax rate and cash flows could be affected by changes in the composition of earnings in jurisdictions with differing tax rates, changes in statutory rates and other legislative changes, changes in the valuation of our deferred tax assets and liabilities, changes in determinations regarding the jurisdictions in which we are subject to tax and our ability to repatriate earnings from foreign jurisdictions. From time to time, U.S. federal, state and local and foreign governments make substantive changes to tax rules and their application, which could result in materially higher corporate taxes than would be incurred under existing tax law and could adversely affect our financial condition or results of operations. We are subject to ongoing and periodic tax audits and disputes in U.S. federal and various state, local and foreign jurisdictions. An unfavorable outcome from any tax audit could result in higher tax costs, penalties and interest, thereby adversely affecting our financial condition or results of operations.

In addition, we are directly and indirectly affected by new tax legislation and regulation and the interpretation of tax laws and regulations worldwide. Changes in such legislation, regulation or interpretation could increase our taxes and have an adverse effect on our operating results and financial condition. This includes potential changes in tax laws or the interpretation of tax laws arising out of the Base Erosion Profit Shifting (“BEPS”) project initiated by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD”). In July and October of 2021, the OECD/G-20 Inclusive Framework on BEPS released statements outlining a political agreement on the general rules to be adopted for taxing the digital economy, specifically with respect to nexus and profit allocation (Pillar One) and rules for a global minimum tax (Pillar Two). On December 15, 2022, the European Union Member States formally adopted the European Union’s Pillar Two Directive with effective dates of January 1, 2024 and January 1, 2025 for certain aspects of the directive. The Pillar Two directive has been implemented or is expected to be implemented via domestic legislation of countries or via international treaties. The enactment could have a material impact on our effective tax rate or result in higher cash tax liabilities. There can be no assurance that our tax payments, tax credits or incentives will not be adversely affected by these or other initiatives.

We are subject to risks related to our debt, hedging transactions, our extension of credit and the cost and availability of capital.

As of December 31, 2023, we had aggregate outstanding debt of $2,201 million. We may incur additional indebtedness in the future, which may magnify the potential impacts of the risks related to our debt. Our debt instruments contain restrictions, covenants and events of default that, among other things, could limit our ability to respond to changing business and economic conditions; take advantage of business opportunities; incur or guarantee additional debt; pay dividends or make distributions or repurchases; make investments or acquisitions; sell, transfer or otherwise dispose of certain assets; create liens; consolidate or merge; enter into transactions with affiliates; and prepay and repurchase or redeem certain indebtedness. Failure to meet our payment obligations or comply with other financial covenants could result in a default and acceleration of the underlying debt and under other debt instruments that contain cross-default provisions.

In order to reduce or hedge our financial exposure to the effects of currency and interest rate fluctuations, we may use financial instruments, such as hedging transactions. Changes in interest rates may adversely affect our financing costs and/or change the market value of our hedging transactions. Any failure or non-performance of counterparties under our hedging transactions could result in losses. Changes in interest rates may also adversely change the market value of our hedging transactions and may adversely affect financing costs. While a significant portion of our debt is effectively at a fixed rate of interest and our nearest maturity is not until 2027, an increase in financing cost due to increased interest rates may hinder our efforts to expand our franchisee footprint, which could adversely affect our cash flows and business.

In addition, we extend credit to assist franchisees in converting to, or building a new hotel under, one of our hotel brands through development advance notes and mezzanine or other forms of subordinated financing and we have a program that guarantees a portion of loans taken by franchisees for certain new construction projects. The inability of franchisees to pay back such loans could materially and adversely affect our cash flows and business.

We may need to dedicate a significant portion of our cash flows to the payment of principal and interest. Our ability to obtain additional financing for working capital, capital expenditures, acquisitions, debt service requirements or general corporate or other purposes may be limited, and we may be unable to renew or refinance our debt on terms as favorable as our existing debt or at all. Additionally, certain market liquidity factors, including uncertainty or volatility in the equity and credit markets, outside of our control could affect our access to credit and capital in the future and adversely impact our business plans and operating model. Our credit rating and the market value of our common stock could also be affected. While we believe we have adequate sources of liquidity to meet our anticipated requirements for working capital, debt
19


Table of Contents
service and capital expenditures for the foreseeable future, if we are unable to refinance or repay our outstanding debt when due, our results of operations and financial condition will be materially and adversely affected.

Changes to estimates or projections used to assess the fair value of our assets or operating results that are lower than our current estimates may cause us to incur additional impairment losses and require us to write-off all or a portion of the remaining value of our goodwill or other intangibles of companies we have acquired.

Our total assets include goodwill and other intangible assets. We evaluate our goodwill for impairment on an annual basis or at other times during the year if events or circumstances indicate that it is more likely than not that the fair value is below the carrying value. We may be required to record significant non-cash impairment charges in our financial statements during the period in which any impairment of our goodwill, other intangible assets or other assets is determined, which would negatively impact our results of operations and stockholders’ equity.

Risks Relating to Litigation, Reputation and Insurance

We are subject to risks related to litigation.

We are subject to a number of disputes, claims, litigation and other legal proceedings as described in this report, and any unfavorable rulings or outcomes in current or future litigation and other legal proceedings may materially harm our business. For additional information, see our Commitments and Contingencies note (Note 14) in the notes to our financial statements.

We are subject to risks related to human trafficking allegations.

Our business, along with the hospitality industry generally, faces risk that could cause damage to our reputation and the value of our hotel brands due to claims related to purported incidents of human trafficking. Along with many of our competitors, we and/or certain of our subsidiaries have been named as defendants in litigation matters filed in state and federal courts (and incurred litigation-related fees and costs), alleging statutory and common law claims arising from purported incidents of human trafficking perpetrated by third parties at certain franchised facilities and hotels once managed by certain of our subsidiaries. For additional information, see our Commitments and Contingencies note (Note 14) in the notes to our financial statements.

The insurance we carry may not always pay, or be sufficient to pay or reimburse us, for our liabilities, losses or replacement costs.

We carry insurance for general liability, property, business interruption and other insurable risks with respect to our business and franchised hotels. We also self-insure for certain risks up to certain monetary limits. The insurance coverage we carry, subject to our deductible, may not be sufficient to pay or reimburse us for the amount of our liabilities, losses or replacement costs, and there may also be risks for which we do not obtain insurance in the full amount, or some amount, or at all concerning a potential loss or liability, due to the cost or availability of such insurance. As a result, we may incur liabilities or losses in the operation of our business that are not sufficiently covered by the insurance we maintain, or at all, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

Risks Relating to Our Common Stock and Corporate Governance

The market price of our common stock may continue to fluctuate.

The market price for our common stock, and the market price of stock of other companies operating in the hospitality industry, has been highly volatile. For example, during the year ended December 31, 2023, the trading price of our common stock ranged between a low sales price of $63.69 and a high sales price of $81.73. The market price of our common stock may continue to fluctuate depending upon many factors, some of which may be beyond our control, including pandemics or other health crises, our ability to achieve growth and performance objectives, the success or failure of our business strategy, the Exchange Offer, general economic conditions, our quarterly or annual earnings and those of other companies in our industry, changes in financial estimates and recommendations by securities analysts, changes in laws and regulations, political instability, increased competition and changes affecting the travel industry and other events impacting our business. The stock market in general has experienced volatility that has often been unrelated to the operating performance of a particular company. These market fluctuations may adversely affect the trading price of our common stock.

20


Table of Contents
Certain of our Directors and executive officers may have actual or potential conflicts of interest because of their ownership of Travel + Leisure equity or their current or former positions at Travel + Leisure.

Two of our Directors also serve on the Travel + Leisure board of directors and certain of our executive officers and non-employee Directors own shares of Travel + Leisure common stock because of their current or former positions with Travel + Leisure. This could create, or appear to create, potential conflicts of interest when our or Travel + Leisure’s management, officers and directors face decisions that could have different implications for us and Travel + Leisure.

We are subject to risks related to environmental, social and governance activities.

Our business, along with the hospitality industry generally, faces scrutiny related to environmental, social and governance activities and the risk of damage to our reputation and the value of our hotel brands if we fail to act responsibly or comply with regulatory requirements in a number of areas, such as safety and security, responsible tourism, environmental stewardship, supply chain management, climate change, diversity, equity and inclusion, philanthropy and support for local communities. In particular, our stakeholders (notably our guests, stockholders and team members) are increasingly interested in our approach to managing climate-related risks and opportunities (including, but not limited to, targets that keep global average temperature rise to no more than 1.5°C, measure Scope 3 franchisee emissions and expand participation in the Wyndham Green Certification program) and may affect our guests’ travel choices and directly impact our revenue.

Provisions in our corporate governance documents and Delaware law may prevent or delay an acquisition of our business, which could decrease the market price of our common stock.

Our corporate governance documents and Delaware law contain provisions that are intended to deter or delay coercive takeover practices and inadequate takeover bids, including requiring advance notice for stockholder proposals, placing limitations on convening stockholder meetings and authorizing our Board to issue one or more series of preferred stock. Additionally, Delaware law also imposes some restrictions on mergers and other business combinations between us and any holder of 15% or more of our outstanding common stock. These provisions may prevent or delay an acquisition that some stockholders may consider beneficial, which could decrease the market price of our common stock.

Our third amended and restated by-laws designate the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware as the sole and exclusive forum for certain types of actions and proceedings that may be initiated by our stockholders and the federal district courts of the United States as the exclusive forum for the resolution of any complaint asserting a cause of action under the Securities Act, which could limit our stockholders’ ability to obtain a favorable judicial forum for disputes with us or our Directors or employees.

Our third amended and restated by-laws provide that, subject to limited exceptions, (1) the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware will be the sole and exclusive forum for derivative actions; claims related to a breach of a fiduciary duty, corporate law, our third amended and restated certificate of incorporation, as amended or our third amended and restated by-laws, as amended; or under the internal affairs doctrine; and (2) the federal district courts of the United States will be the exclusive forum for the resolution of any complaint asserting a cause or causes of action arising under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, including all causes of action asserted against any defendant to such complaint. We believe these provisions may benefit us by providing increased consistency in the application of Delaware law and federal securities laws by chancellors and judges, as applicable, particularly experienced in resolving corporate disputes, efficient administration of cases on a more expedited schedule relative to other forums and protection against the burdens of multi-forum litigation. However, these choice of forum provisions may limit a stockholder’s ability to bring a claim in a judicial forum that it finds favorable for disputes with us or our current or former Directors, officers or employees, which may discourage such lawsuits. Alternatively, if a court were to find these provisions of our third amended and restated by-laws inapplicable or unenforceable with respect to one or more of the specified types of actions or proceedings, we may incur additional costs associated with resolving such matters in other jurisdictions, which could materially and adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations and result in a diversion of the time and resources of our management and Board.

We may not continue to pay dividends on, or effect repurchases of, our common stock, and the terms of our indebtedness could limit our ability to pay dividends on our common stock.

The declaration and payment of dividends and share repurchases are at the sole discretion of our Board and will depend on, among other things, our results of operations, cash requirements, financial condition, contractual restrictions under our indebtedness and other factors that our Board may deem relevant. Though we expect to make regular dividends, there can be no assurance that a payment of a dividend will occur in the future.

21


Table of Contents
Risks Relating to the Spin-Off and Related Transactions

In connection with the Spin-Off and Travel + Leisure’s sale of its European vacation rentals business, we agreed to indemnify Travel + Leisure and Travel + Leisure agreed to indemnify us for certain liabilities, including taxes, and if we are required to perform under these indemnities or if Travel + Leisure is unable to satisfy its obligations under these indemnities, our financial results could be negatively affected.

In connection with the Spin-Off and Travel + Leisure’s sale of its European vacation rentals business, we agreed to indemnify Travel + Leisure and Travel + Leisure agreed to indemnify us for certain liabilities, including taxes, and if we are required to perform under these indemnities or if Travel + Leisure is unable to satisfy its obligations under these indemnities, our financial results could be negatively affected. Additionally, the contingent liabilities we assumed in connection with the Spin-Off and Travel + Leisure’s sale of its European vacation rentals business could adversely affect our results of operations and financial condition as a result of our indemnification obligations. Should our indemnification obligations exceed applicable insurance coverage, our business, financial condition and results of operations could be adversely affected. Additionally, the indemnities from Travel + Leisure may not be sufficient to protect us against the full amount of these and other liabilities. Third parties also could seek to hold us responsible for any of the liabilities that Travel + Leisure has agreed to assume. Even if we ultimately succeed in recovering from Travel + Leisure any amounts for which we are held liable, we may be temporarily required to bear those losses ourselves. Each of these risks could negatively affect our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.

If the Spin-Off, together with certain related transactions, were to fail to qualify as a reorganization for U.S. federal income tax purposes under Sections 368(a)(1)(D) and 355 of the Code, then our stockholders, we and Travel + Leisure might be required to pay substantial U.S. federal income taxes.

The Spin-Off was conditioned upon Travel + Leisure’s receipt of opinions of its Spin-Off tax advisors to the effect that, subject to the assumptions and limitations described in the opinions, the Spin-Off, together with certain related transactions, would qualify as a reorganization for U.S. federal income tax purposes under Sections 368(a) (1)(D) and 355 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), in which no gain or loss would be recognized by Travel + Leisure or its stockholders, except, in the case of Travel + Leisure stockholders, for cash received in lieu of fractional shares, which opinions were delivered on the closing date of the Spin-Off. The opinions of the Spin-Off tax advisors are not binding on the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) or a court, and there can be no assurance that the IRS will not challenge the validity of the Spin-Off and such related transactions as a reorganization for U.S. federal income tax purposes under Sections 368(a)(1)(D) and 355 of the Code eligible for tax-free treatment, or that any such challenge ultimately will not prevail.

In addition, Travel + Leisure received certain rulings from the IRS regarding certain U.S. federal income tax aspects of transactions related to the Spin-Off. Although the IRS Ruling generally is binding on the IRS, the continued validity of the IRS Ruling is based upon and subject to the continuing accuracy of factual statements and representations made to the IRS by Travel + Leisure. If the Spin-Off does not qualify as a tax-free transaction for any reason, including as a result of a breach of a representation or covenant with respect to such tax opinions or the IRS Ruling, Travel + Leisure would recognize a substantial gain attributable to our hotel business for U.S. federal income tax purposes. In such case, under U.S. Treasury regulations, each member of the Travel + Leisure consolidated group at the time of the Spin-Off, including us and certain of our subsidiaries, would be jointly and severally liable for the entire resulting amount of any U.S. federal income tax liability.

Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments.
None.

Item 1C. Cybersecurity.

Our cybersecurity program incorporates a robust process for the assessment, identification, and management of material risks from cybersecurity threats. This begins with our threat intelligence program that integrates several methods to identify potential threats to the Company, including paid/unpaid threat feeds, custom threat alerts, keeping abreast of the latest threats to the technologies that exist within our information systems and daily dialogue with industry peers to the threats to the hospitality industry as a whole.

Information regarding these threats is then built into our security tools. This takes the form of hardening systems through vulnerability identification and patching, as well as enabling early detection and response capabilities across our network and endpoints. Any detected threat or potential cybersecurity incident is handled by our hybrid Security Operations Center, or “SOC” which utilizes both internal and external resources for monitoring 24/7 and is responsible for triaging and appropriately handling or escalating the potential incident.
22


Table of Contents
Other than the incidents that occurred prior to the Spin-Off, described in more detail in “Item 1A. Risk Factors—Failure to maintain the security of personally identifiable and proprietary information, non-compliance with our contractual obligations regarding such information or a violation of our privacy and security policies or processes with respect to such information could adversely affect us” as of the date of this Annual Report, we are not aware of any risks from cybersecurity threats that have materially affected or are reasonably likely to materially affect our business strategy, results of operation, or financial condition. There is no guarantee that such risks will not evolve in the future and materially adversely affect the Company or that our processes to manage cybersecurity risks, including those described here, will operate effectively and as designed.
Board & Management Cybersecurity Risk Oversight

We incorporate all of the Company’s cybersecurity processes and assessments into our overall enterprise risk program. This allows us to develop a complete consolidated view of our risk factors across our cybersecurity, information technology, and business functions. As part of the Company’s enterprise risk program, the Information Risk Committee (“IRC”) is responsible for developing and coordinating the Company’s cybersecurity policy and strategy, and for managing the prevention, detection, mitigation and remediation of cybersecurity incidents. The IRC is chaired by the Chief Information Security Officer (“CISO”) and the Senior Vice President – Legal (“SVP – Legal)” responsible for Privacy and Compliance Issues, with the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Information and Distribution Officer, and the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer as members. The IRC meets regularly to review operations of the Company’s cybersecurity programs and processes, and to discuss emerging legal, technical, or other risks. The Audit Committee of the Board is the Board-level committee with oversight of privacy and security matters. The IRC updates the Audit Committee quarterly to provide risk updates and general education on privacy and information risk trends. The Board is made aware promptly of any cybersecurity incidents that are deemed critical or that could potentially have an impact on the business. The Board also receives periodic privacy and security awareness training from third-party subject matter experts.

Our CISO has been with Wyndham since 2012, and has worked in the cybersecurity industry for 19 years. Prior to his time at Wyndham, as a forensic investigator, he performed cyber investigations in both civil and criminal matters and has worked closely with various industries to educate and provide guidance on cybersecurity best practices. The SVP – Legal has been with the Company since 2010, and has served in his current role since 2019. The SVP – Legal leads the legal team responsible for, among other things, corporate secretary matters, SEC reporting, privacy, compliance and legal operations. The SVP – Legal has several years of experience managing risks related to the Company’s operations, including data privacy. The IRC also includes our Chief Information and Distribution Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Financial Officer, each whom has over 15 years of business and senior leadership experience managing risks in their respective fields, collectively covering aspects of cybersecurity, technology strategy, capital allocation and compliance.
Cybersecurity Incident Response Plan
We have established a Cybersecurity Incident Response Plan (“CIRP”), which details the steps to be followed to properly respond to, contain, and remediate a cybersecurity incident. Within this plan, there are also engagement processes for our external cybersecurity incident response firm, which also assists Wyndham’s cybersecurity team by annually testing the CIRP through custom tabletop exercises. The CIRP provides a process for escalating certain cybersecurity incidents to the IRC and to other members of management to facilitate management-level consideration as to whether a cybersecurity incident may be material to the Company and whether public disclosure of the incident is required.
Information Security Program
Access to our information systems is managed through our Identity and Access Management process, which governs the appropriate level of access for each user on an ongoing basis. Wyndham performs a certification process bi-annually to ensure the accuracy and completeness of each user’s access.
Tracking and measuring of the above certification processes takes place within our Information Security Program. This program reports on the risks and remediation progress across our information systems, as well as measures them against our own standards and processes, which have been developed in part using the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework 2.0. The Information Security Program also measures the overall cybersecurity program against other key regulatory standards such as the Payment Card Industry standard known as PCI 4.0 and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
23


Table of Contents
Third Party Risk Program
The Company’s third-party risk program includes a process for assessing and overseeing the risk profile of third parties we do business with at the time of contract execution and also in the event that the scope of the work done with any third party materially changes.
Our teams conduct vendor risk assessments of third-party suppliers that may receive access to personal data or connectivity to Wyndham’s systems, for which such vendor risk assessments include information security control assessments and privacy impact assessments, regardless of the sensitivity of personal data potentially involved. The teams conduct similar internal assessments should any process potentially result in a significant change to the Company’s data processing practices concerning sensitive data, or have a potentially material impact on individuals’ data and respective rights.
The data from the threat intelligence program mentioned above also feeds into a third-party risk evaluation to ensure that any impactful event (cyber or otherwise) experienced by a third-party doing business with Wyndham is considered in the risk profile of that organization.
Cybersecurity Insurance
To help mitigate the financial risks associated with any cyber security incidents, Wyndham Hotels also maintains cyber insurance that is renewed annually and covers both cyber events and business interruption. We closely monitor costs of breaches within the industry in an effort to ensure that our coverage is sufficient to address all reasonably foreseeable threats and levels of risk.

Item 2. Properties.
Our corporate headquarters is located in a leased office at 22 Sylvan Way, Parsippany, New Jersey, with the lease expiring in 2029. We also lease space for our reservation center and data warehouse in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada pursuant to a lease that expires in 2029. In addition, we have an additional 12 leases for office space in 11 countries outside the United States and one additional lease within the United States. We will evaluate the need to renew each lease on a case-by-case basis prior to its expiration.
We believe our current leased properties are adequate to support our existing operations.
Item 3. Legal Proceedings.
We are involved in various claims, legal and regulatory proceedings and governmental inquiries arising in the ordinary course of business, none of which, in the opinion of management, is expected to have a material adverse effect on our financial condition. See Note 14 - Commitments and Contingencies to the Consolidated Financial Statements contained in Part IV of this report for a description of claims and legal actions arising in the ordinary course of our business.

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures.
Not applicable.

24


Table of Contents
PART II

Item 5. Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities.

MARKET PRICE OF COMMON STOCK
Our common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) under the symbol “WH”. As of January 31, 2024, the number of stockholders of record was 4,092.

DIVIDEND POLICY
We declared cash dividends of $0.35 per share in each of the first, second, third and fourth quarters of 2023 ($119 million in aggregate).
The declaration and payment of future dividends to holders of our common stock is at the discretion of our Board and depends upon many factors, including our financial condition, earnings, capital requirements of our business, covenants associated with certain debt obligations, legal requirements, regulatory constraints, industry practice and other factors that our Board deems relevant.

ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES
In May 2018, our Board approved a share repurchase plan pursuant to which we were authorized to purchase up to $300 million of our common stock. Our Board has increased the capacity of the program by $300 million in 2019, $800 million in 2022, and $400 million in 2023. Below is a monthly summary of our common stock repurchases, excluding excise taxes and fees, for the quarter ended December 31, 2023:
PeriodTotal Number of Shares PurchasedAverage Price Paid per ShareTotal Number of Shares Purchased as Part of Publicly Announced PlanApproximate Dollar Value of Shares that May Yet Be Purchased Under Plan
October970,597 $70.26 970,597 $500,903,673 
November446,232 75.94 446,232 467,016,026 
December305,244 79.04 305,244 442,888,623 
Total1,722,073 $73.29 1,722,073 $442,888,623 

STOCK PERFORMANCE GRAPH
The following graph compares the cumulative total stockholder return of our common stock against the S&P 500 Index and the S&P Hotels, Resorts & Cruise Lines Index (consisting of Booking Holdings Inc., Carnival Corporation & plc, Expedia Group, Inc., Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., Marriott International, Inc., Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.) for the period from December 31, 2018 to December 31, 2023. The graph assumes that $100 was invested on December 31, 2018 (the first day of regular-way trading) and all dividends and other distributions were reinvested. The Stock Performance Graph is not deemed filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and shall not be deemed incorporated by reference into any of our prior or future filings made with the SEC.
25


Table of Contents
WH2023-600dpi-new.jpg
Cumulative Total Return
December 31,
201820192020202120222023
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc.$100.00 $141.40 $135.64 $206.98 $167.56 $192.58 
S&P 500$100.00 $131.49 $155.68 $200.37 $164.08 $207.21 
S&P Hotels, Resorts & Cruise Lines$100.00 $137.05 $101.59 $121.75 $92.23 $153.39 

Item 6. Reserved.

Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.
(Unless otherwise noted, all amounts are in millions, except share and per share amounts)
References herein to “Wyndham Hotels,” the “Company,” “we,” “our” and “us” refer to Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries for time periods following the consummation of the spin-off.
The Company is a leading global hotel franchisor, licensing its renowned hotel brands to hotel owners in over 95 countries around the world.
Our primary segment is hotel franchising which principally consists of licensing our lodging brands and providing related services to third-party hotel owners and others.
26


Table of Contents
In the first quarter of 2023, we changed the composition of our reportable segments to reflect the recent changes in our Hotel Management segment due to the exit from the select-service management business, the sale of our two owned hotels and the exit from substantially all of our U.S. full-service management business in 2022. The remaining hotel management business, which is predominately the full-service international managed business, no longer meets the quantitative thresholds to be considered a reportable segment and as a result, we have aggregated, on a prospective basis, such management business within our Hotel Franchising segment.
Rejection of Unsolicited Offer and Commencement of Exchange Offer
On October 17, 2023, we announced that our Board unanimously rejected a highly conditional, unsolicited stock-and-cash proposal by Choice to acquire all outstanding shares of Wyndham. Our Board, together with our financial and legal advisors, closely reviewed Choice’s latest proposal with a nominal value of $90 per share, comprised of 45% in stock and 55% in cash, and determined that it was not in the best interest of stockholders to accept the proposal.
On December 12, 2023, Choice commenced the Exchange Offer for any and all issued and outstanding shares of our common stock for, at the election of the holder, (i) $49.50 in cash and 0.324 shares of Choice common stock (together with the $49.50 in cash, the “Standard Offer Consideration”), (ii) an amount in cash equal to the equivalent market value of the Standard Offer Consideration based on the volume-weighted average of the closing prices of Choice common stock as quoted on the NYSE over the five NYSE trading days ending on the 10th business day preceding March 8, 2024 (the “Expiration Date”) or (iii) a number of shares of Choice common stock having a value equal to the equivalent market value of the Standard Offer Consideration (based on the volume-weighted average of the closing prices of Choice common stock as quoted on the NYSE over the five NYSE trading days ending on the 10th business day preceding the Expiration Date), subject to proration, as disclosed in Choice's Prospectus/Offer to Exchange dated December 12, 2023 and the related Letter of Transmittal.
On December 18, 2023, we filed a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 with the SEC providing for the unanimous recommendation by our Board that our stockholders reject the Exchange Offer and not tender any of the shares of common stock to Choice pursuant to the Exchange Offer.
On January 22, 2024, Choice sent us notice of their intent to nominate directors to replace our entire Board at the Company’s 2024 annual meeting of stockholders and a proposal to repeal any amendments to our third amended and restated by-laws adopted subsequent to January 4, 2023.
The Consolidated Financial Statements presented herein have been prepared on a stand-alone basis. The Consolidated Financial Statements include the Company’s assets, liabilities, revenues, expenses and cash flows and all entities in which it has a controlling financial interest.

SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA
The following selected historical consolidated statement of income/(loss) data for the years ended December 31, 2023, 2022 and 2021 and the selected historical consolidated balance sheet data as of December 31, 2023 and 2022 are derived from the audited Consolidated Financial Statements of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts included elsewhere in this report. The selected historical consolidated statement of income/(loss) data for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019 and the selected historical consolidated balance sheet data as of December 31, 2021, 2020 and 2019 are derived from audited consolidated financial statements of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts businesses that are not included in this report.
The selected historical consolidated financial data below should be read together with the audited Consolidated Financial Statements of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, including the notes thereto and the other financial information included elsewhere in this report.
27


Table of Contents
As of or For the Year Ended December 31,
($ in millions, except per share amounts and RevPAR)20232022202120202019
Statement of Income/(Loss) data:
Revenues
Fee-related and other revenues$1,384 $1,354 $1,245 $950 $1,430 
Cost reimbursement revenues13 144 320 350 623 
Net revenues1,397 1,498 1,565 1,300 2,053 
Expenses
Marketing, reservation and loyalty expense569 524 450 419 563 
Cost reimbursement expense13 144 320 350 623 
Other expenses312 272 349 577 560 
Total expenses894 940 1,119 1,346 1,746 
Operating income/(loss)503 558 446 (46)307 
Interest expense, net102 80 93 112 100 
Early extinguishment of debt18 — — 
Income/(loss) before income taxes398 476 335 (158)207 
Provision for/(benefit from) income taxes109 121 91 (26)50 
Net income/(loss)$289 $355 $244 $(132)$157 
Per share data:
Diluted earnings/(loss) per share$3.41 $3.91 $2.60 $(1.42)$1.62 
Cash dividends declared per share1.40 1.28 0.88 0.56 1.16 
Balance Sheet data:
Cash$66 $161 $171 $493 $94 
Total assets (a)
4,033 4,123 4,269 4,644 4,533 
Total debt (a)
2,201 2,077 2,084 2,597 2,122 
Total liabilities (a)
3,287 3,161 3,180 3,681 3,321 
Total stockholders’ equity746 962 1,089 963 1,212 
Other financial data:
Royalties and franchise fees$532 $512 $461 $328 $480 
License and other fees112 100 79 84 131 
Adjusted EBITDA (b)
Hotel Franchising segment$727 $679 $592 $392 $629 
Hotel Management segmentn/a37 57 13 66 
Corporate and Other (c)
(68)(66)(59)(69)(74)
Total adjusted EBITDA (d)
$659 $650 $590 $336 $621 
Operating statistics:
Total Company
Number of properties (e)
9,178 9,059 8,950 8,941 9,280 
Number of rooms (f)
871,800 842,500 810,100 795,900 831,000 
RevPAR (g)
$43.10 $41.88 $35.95 $24.51 $40.92 
Average royalty rate (h)
3.9 %3.9 %4.1 %4.0 %3.8 %
United States
Number of properties (e)
6,036 6,081 6,139 6,175 6,342 
Number of rooms (f)
497,600 493,800 490,600 487,300 510,200 
RevPAR (g)
$50.42 $50.72 $45.19 $30.20 $46.39 
Average royalty rate (h)
4.6 %4.6 %4.6 %4.5 %4.5 %
______________________
(a)    Reflects the impact of the adoption of the new accounting standard in 2020 for the measurement of credit losses on financial instruments and the 2019 accounting standard for lease accounting.
(b)    “Adjusted EBITDA” is defined as net income/(loss) excluding net interest expense, depreciation and amortization, early extinguishment of debt charges, impairment charges, restructuring and related charges, contract termination costs, separation-related items, transaction-related items (acquisition-, disposition-, or debt-related), (gain)/loss on asset sales, foreign currency impacts of highly inflationary countries, stock-based compensation expense, income taxes and development advance notes amortization. We believe that adjusted EBITDA is a useful measure of
28


Table of Contents
performance for our segments which, when considered with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”) measures, allows a more complete understanding of our operating performance. We use this measure internally to assess operating performance, both absolutely and in comparison to other companies, and to make day to day operating decisions, including in the evaluation of selected compensation decisions. Our presentation of adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. During the first quarter of 2021, the Company modified the definition of adjusted EBITDA to exclude the amortization of development advance notes to reflect how the Company’s chief operating decision maker reviews operating performance beginning in 2021. The Company has applied the modified definition of adjusted EBITDA to all periods presented.
(c)    Corporate and Other reflects unallocated corporate costs that are not attributable to an operating segment.
(d)    The reconciliation of net income/(loss) to adjusted EBITDA is as follows:
Year Ended December 31,
(in millions)202320222021
2020 (a)
2019 (a)
Net income/(loss)$289 $355 $244 $(132)$157 
Provision for/(benefit from) income taxes109 121 91 (26)50 
Depreciation and amortization76 77 95 98 109 
Interest expense, net102 80 93 112 100 
Early extinguishment of debt18 — — 
Stock-based compensation expense39 33 28 19 15 
Development advance notes amortization15 12 11 
Transaction-related expenses, net11 — — 12 40 
Separation-related expenses22 
Gain on asset sale, net— (35)— — — 
Impairments, net— — 206 45 
Restructuring costs— — — 34 
Contract termination costs— — — — 42 
Transaction-related item — — — — 20 
Foreign currency impact of highly inflationary countries14 
Adjusted EBITDA$659 $650 $590 $336 $621 
______________________
(a)    Adjusted EBITDA has been recasted to conform with the current year presentation. Amounts may not foot due to rounding.

(e)    Represents the number of hotels at the end of the period.
(f)    Represents the number of rooms at the end of the period which are (i) either under franchise and/or management agreements and (ii) properties under affiliation agreements for which the Company receives a fee for reservation and/or other services provided.
(g)    Represents revenue per available room and is calculated by multiplying the average occupancy rate by the average daily rate.
(h)    Represents the average royalty rate earned on our franchised properties and is calculated by dividing total royalties, excluding the impact of amortization of development advance notes, by total room revenues.
In presenting the financial data above in conformity with U.S. GAAP, we are required to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported. See “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations–Financial Condition, Liquidity and Capital Resources–Critical Accounting Policies,” for a detailed discussion of the accounting policies that we believe require subjective and complex judgments that could potentially affect reported results.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
Discussed below are our key operating statistics, consolidated results of operations and the results of operations for each of our reportable segments. The reportable segments presented below represent our operating segments for which discrete financial information is available and used on a regular basis by our chief operating decision maker to assess performance and to allocate resources. In identifying our reportable segments, we also consider the nature of services provided by our operating segments. Management evaluates the operating results of each of our reportable segments based upon net revenues and adjusted EBITDA. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income/(loss) excluding net interest expense, depreciation and amortization, early extinguishment of debt charges, impairment charges, restructuring and related charges, contract termination costs, separation-related items, transaction-related items (acquisition-, disposition-, or debt-related), (gain)/loss on asset sales, foreign currency impacts of highly inflationary countries, stock-based compensation expense, income taxes and development advance notes amortization. We believe that adjusted EBITDA is a useful measure of performance for our segments and, when considered with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”) measures, gives a more complete understanding of our operating performance. We use this measure internally to assess operating performance, both absolutely and in comparison to other companies, and to make day to day operating decisions, including in the evaluation of selected compensation decisions. Adjusted EBITDA is not a recognized term under U.S. GAAP and should not be considered
29


Table of Contents
as an alternative to net income or other measures of financial performance or liquidity derived in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Our presentation of adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.
We generate royalties and franchise fees, management fees and other revenues from hotel franchising and hotel management activities, as well as fees from licensing our “Wyndham” trademark, certain other trademarks and intellectual property. In addition, pursuant to our franchise and management contracts with third-party hotel owners, we generate marketing, reservation and loyalty fee revenues and cost reimbursement revenues that over time are offset, respectively, by the marketing, reservation and loyalty costs and property operating costs that we incur.
OPERATING STATISTICS - 2023 VS. 2022
The table below presents our operating statistics for the years ended December 31, 2023 and 2022. “Rooms” represent the number of hotel rooms at the end of the period which are either under franchise and/or management agreements and properties under affiliation agreements for which we receive a fee for reservation and/or other services provided. “RevPAR” represents revenue per available room and is calculated by multiplying average occupancy rate by average daily rate. “Average royalty rate” represents the average royalty rate earned on our franchised properties and is calculated by dividing total royalties, excluding the impact of amortization of development advance notes, by total room revenues. These operating statistics are drivers of our revenues and therefore provide an enhanced understanding of our business. Refer to the section below for a discussion as to how these operating statistics affected our business for the periods presented.
Year Ended December 31,
20232022
% Change
Rooms
United States
497,600 493,800 %
International
374,200 348,700 %
Total rooms
871,800 842,500 %
RevPAR
United States
$50.42 $50.72 (1 %)
International (a)
33.21 29.05 14 %
Global RevPAR (a)
43.10 41.88 %
Average Royalty Rate
United States
4.6 %4.6 %— 
International
2.4 %2.1 %30 bps
Global average royalty rate
3.9 %3.9 %— 
______________________
(a)Excluding currency effects, international RevPAR increased 21% and global RevPAR increased 5%.
Rooms as of December 31, 2023 increased 3% compared to the prior year, reflecting 1% growth in the U.S. and 7% growth internationally. As expected, these increases included strong growth in both the higher RevPAR midscale and above segments in the U.S. and the direct franchising business in China, which grew 3% and 13%, respectively. We also achieved our goal of increasing our retention rate by 30 bps year-over-year.
Excluding currency effects, global RevPAR for the year ended December 31, 2023 increased 5%, compared to the prior year, including a 1% decline in the U.S. and 21% growth internationally. During 2022, we achieved record-breaking RevPAR in the U.S. due to COVID-impacted travel patterns. Comparing to 2019 to neutralize for COVID-impacted travel patterns, U.S. RevPAR grew 9%. International RevPAR growth from prior year was driven by higher occupancy levels and stronger pricing power in connection with the COVID-19 recovery, and compared to 2019, grew 36% on a constant-currency basis.
U.S. average royalty rate was consistent and international average royalty rate increased 30 basis points compared to the prior year. Global average royalty rate for the year ended December 31, 2023 remained consistent at 3.9%, compared to the prior year due to faster system growth internationally.
30


Table of Content
YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2023 VS. YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2022
Year Ended December 31,
20232022
Change
% Change
Revenues
Fee-related and other revenues$1,384 $1,354 $30 %
Cost reimbursement revenues13 144 (131)(91 %)
Net revenues1,397 1,498 (101)(7 %)
Expenses
Marketing, reservation and loyalty expense569 524 45 %
Cost reimbursement expense13 144 (131)(91 %)
Gain on asset sale, net— (35)35 n/a
Other expenses
312 307 %
Total expenses894 940 (46)(5 %)
Operating income503 558 (55)(10 %)
Interest expense, net
102 80 22 28 %
Early extinguishment of debt50 %
Income before income taxes398 476 (78)(16 %)
Provision for income taxes
109 121 (12)(10 %)
Net income
$289 $355 $(66)(19 %)

Net revenues during 2023 decreased by $101 million, or 7%, compared to the prior year, primarily driven by:
$102 million of lower cost-reimbursement revenues associated with the exit of all of our U.S. full-service management business, which have no impact on net income; and
$79 million of lower revenues associated with our select-service management and owned hotel businesses which were exited in the first half of 2022 (of which $29 million represented cost-reimbursement revenues that have no impact on net income); partially offset by
$34 million of higher marketing, reservation and loyalty fees reflecting a 3% increase in both global RevPAR and rooms as well as revenues associated with our global franchisee conference in 2023, our first conference since 2019;
$27 million of higher royalty, franchise and management fees due to the RevPAR and rooms increases;
$12 million of higher license and other fees; and
$7 million of higher other revenues.
Total expenses during 2023 decreased $46 million, or 5%, compared to the prior year, primarily driven by:
•    $102 million of lower cost-reimbursement expenses associated with the exit of all of our U.S. full-service management business, which have no impact on net income;
$65 million of lower expenses associated with our select-service management and owned hotel businesses, which were exited in the first half of 2022 (of which $29 million represented cost-reimbursement expenses as discussed above); partially offset by
$45 million of higher marketing, reservation and loyalty expenses primarily as a result of timing of spend and costs associated with our global franchisee conference;
$35 million from absence of the gain on asset sale in 2022 related to the sale of our owned hotel Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Resort;
$17 million of higher operating expenses primarily driven by revenue-generating activities and $10 million of higher foreign currency losses on highly inflationary countries, primarily Argentina;
$11 million of transaction-related expenses primarily related to the unsolicited Exchange Offer from Choice and our term loan refinancing; and
$9 million of higher general and administrative expenses.
Interest expense, net during 2023 increased $22 million, or 28%, compared to the prior year primarily due to a higher variable interest rate on our term loan A in 2023 and a higher debt balance.
31


Table of Content
Early extinguishment of debt of $3 million in 2023 relates to the refinancing of our term loan B, while $2 million in 2022 relates to the third amendment of our credit agreement and $400 million partial pay down of our term loan B.
Our effective tax rate increased to 27.4% in 2023 from 25.4% in 2022. The change was primarily related to a foreign tax assessment received in 2023 that we are currently challenging.
As a result of these items, net income during 2023, decreased $66 million compared to the prior year.
A reconciliation of net income to adjusted EBITDA is represented below:
Year Ended December 31,
20232022
Net income$289 $355 
Provision for income taxes109 121 
Depreciation and amortization
76 77 
Interest expense, net
102 80 
Early extinguishment of debt
Stock-based compensation expense
39 33 
Development advance notes amortization15 12 
Transaction-related expenses11— 
Separation-related expenses
Gain on asset sale, net— (35)
Foreign currency impact of highly inflationary countries
14 
Adjusted EBITDA
$659 $650 
Following is a discussion of the results of our Hotel Franchising segment and Corporate and Other for 2023 compared to 2022:
Net Revenues
Adjusted EBITDA
20232022
% Change
20232022
% Change
Hotel Franchising
$1,397 $1,277 %$727 $679 %
Hotel Management
n/a221 n/an/a37 n/a
Corporate and Other
— — — (68)(66)(3 %)
Total Company
$1,397 $1,498 (7 %)$659 $650 %

Hotel Franchising
Net revenues during 2023 increased $120 million, or 9% compared to the prior year, primarily driven by:
$36 million of higher royalty and franchise fees, primarily reflecting the RevPAR and rooms increases;
$35 million of higher marketing, reservation and loyalty revenues, primarily reflecting the RevPAR and room increases as well as revenues associated with our global franchisee conference;
$14 million of management fees primarily from our international full-service management business which were reported within our Hotel Management segment in 2022;
$13 million of higher cost-reimbursement revenues primarily from our international full-service managed properties that have no impact on adjusted EBITDA;
$12 million of higher license and other fees; and
$10 million of higher other revenues.
Adjusted EBITDA during 2023 increased $48 million compared to the prior-year period, primarily driven by the revenue increases discussed above, partially offset by $45 million of higher marketing, reservation and loyalty expenses as well as $7 million of higher operating expenses principally driven by revenue-generating activities and $6 million of higher general and administrative expenses.
32


Table of Content
Corporate and Other
Adjusted EBITDA during 2023 was unfavorable by $2 million compared to the prior year.

OPERATING STATISTICS - 2022 VS. 2021
The table below presents our operating statistics for the years ended December 31, 2022 and 2021. “Rooms” represent the number of hotel rooms at the end of the period which are either under franchise and/or management agreements, or are Company-owned (as of December 31, 2021), and properties under affiliation agreements for which we receive a fee for reservation and/or other services provided. “RevPAR” represents revenue per available room and is calculated by multiplying average occupancy rate by average daily rate. “Average royalty rate” represents the average royalty rate earned on our franchised properties and is calculated by dividing total royalties, excluding the impact of amortization of development advance notes, by total room revenues. These operating statistics are drivers of our revenues and therefore provide an enhanced understanding of our business. Refer to the section below for a discussion as to how these operating statistics affected our business for the periods presented.
Year Ended December 31,
20222021
% Change
Rooms
United States
493,800 490,600 %
International
348,700 319,500 %
Total rooms
842,500 810,100 %
RevPAR
United States
$50.72 $45.19 12 %
International (a)
29.05 21.52 35 %
Global RevPAR (a)
41.88 35.95 16 %
Average Royalty Rate
United States
4.6 %4.6 %— 
International
2.1 %2.1 %— 
Global average royalty rate
3.9 %4.1 %(20) bps
______________________
(a)Excluding currency effects, international RevPAR increased 49% and global RevPAR increased 20%.
Rooms as of December 31, 2022 increased 4% compared to the prior year, reflecting 1% growth in the U.S. and 9% growth internationally. As expected, these increases included strong growth in both the higher RevPAR midscale and above segments in the U.S. and the direct franchising business in China, which grew 4% and 10%, respectively, as well as 80 basis points of growth globally and 200 basis points internationally from the acquisition of the Vienna House brand in September 2022.
Excluding currency effects, global RevPAR for the year ended December 31, 2022 increased 20%, compared to the prior year, including U.S. growth of 12% and international growth of 49%. The increases were primarily driven by stronger pricing power and COVID-19 recovery internationally.
Global average royalty rate for the year ended December 31, 2022 decreased by 20 basis points to 3.9%, compared to the prior year due to mix as both international RevPAR and net room growth outpaced the U.S., with the RevPAR growth primarily the result of COVID-19 recovering more slowly internationally than it did in the U.S.
33


Table of Content
YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2022 VS. YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2021
Year Ended December 31,
20222021
Change
% Change
Revenues
Fee-related and other revenues$1,354 $1,245 $109 %
Cost reimbursement revenues144 320 (176)(55 %)
Net revenues1,498 1,565 (67)(4 %)
Expenses
Marketing, reservation and loyalty expense524 450 74 16 %
Cost reimbursement expense144 320 (176)(55 %)
Gain on asset sale, net(35)— (35)n/a
Other expenses
307 349 (42)(12 %)
Total expenses940 1,119 (179)(16 %)
Operating income558 446 112 25 %
Interest expense, net
80 93 (13)(14 %)
Early extinguishment of debt18 (16)(89 %)
Income before income taxes476 335 141 42 %
Provision for income taxes
121 91 30 33 %
Net income
$355 $244 $111 45 %

Net revenues during 2022 decreased by $67 million, or 4%, compared to the prior year, primarily driven by:
$261 million of lower revenues associated with our select-service management and owned hotel businesses which were exited in the first half of 2022 (which $186 million represented cost-reimbursement revenues that have no impact on net income); partially offset by
$76 million of higher marketing, reservation and loyalty fees reflecting a 16% increase in global RevPAR;
$65 million of higher royalty and franchise fees due to the RevPAR increase;
$21 million of higher license and other fees resulting from higher travel demand associated with the COVID-19 recovery;
$20 million of higher other revenues primarily due to favorable co-branded credit card activity; and
$10 million of higher cost-reimbursement revenues related to the COVID-19 recovery in our full-service managed properties that have no impact on net income.
Total expenses during 2022, decreased $179 million, or 16%, compared to the prior year, primarily driven by:
•    $267 million of lower expenses associated with our select-service management and owned hotel businesses, which were exited in the first half of 2022 (which $186 million represented cost-reimbursement expenses as discussed above); and
a $35 million gain related to the sale our owned hotel Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Resort in March 2022; partially offset by
$81 million of higher marketing, reservation and loyalty expenses primarily as a result of the increase in marketing revenue;
$14 million of higher variable expenses primarily associated with the improvement in travel demand due to the COVID-19 recovery;
$13 million of higher costs primarily due to inflation, as expected; and
$10 million of higher cost-reimbursement expenses related to COVID-19 recovery in our full-service managed properties.
Interest expense, net during 2022 decreased $13 million, or 14%, compared to the prior year as a result of the redemption of our $500 million senior notes in April 2021 and an increase in interest income.
Early extinguishment of debt of $2 million in 2022 relates to the third amendment of our credit agreement and $400 million partial pay down of our term loan B, while the $18 million in 2021 relates to the redemption of our $500 million senior notes.
34


Table of Content
Our effective tax rate decreased to 25.4% in 2022 from 27.2% in 2021. The change was primarily related to the release of valuation allowances for net operating loss carryforwards, which was partially offset by an additional valuation allowance for certain foreign tax credits generated during the year.
As a result of these items, net income during 2022, increased $111 million compared to the prior year.
A reconciliation of net income to adjusted EBITDA is represented below:
Year Ended December 31,
20222021
Net income$355 $244 
Provision for income taxes121 91 
Depreciation and amortization
77 95 
Interest expense, net
80 93 
Early extinguishment of debt18 
Stock-based compensation expense
33 28 
Development advance notes amortization12 11 
Gain on asset sale, net(35)— 
Separation-related expenses
Impairments, net— 
Foreign currency impact of highly inflationary countries
Adjusted EBITDA
$650 $590 
Following is a discussion of the results of each of our segments and Corporate and Other for 2022 compared to 2021:
Net Revenues
Adjusted EBITDA
20222021
% Change
20222021
% Change
Hotel Franchising
$1,277 $1,099 16 %$679 $592 15 %
Hotel Management
221 466 (53 %)37 57 (35 %)
Corporate and Other
— — — (66)(59)(12 %)
Total Company
$1,498 $1,565 (4 %)$650 $590 10 %

Hotel Franchising
Year Ended December 31,
20222021
% Change
Rooms
United States
493,500 465,100