With over 40 years of hotel experience, John Wagner has dedicated 37 of these to the extended-stay sector and has been instrumental in the concept’s growth in both North America and Europe.
John began his career with the Marriott Corporation in 1976, working across their portfolio of hospitality products at a time when it was still a small and virtually unknown brand. In 1985 he was recruited by Jack DeBoer – considered the father of extended-stay – to join Residence Inn as the brand’s first VP of Sales and Marketing and when Residence Inn was bought by Marriott in 1987 he was instrumental in embedding the processes that helped the brand expand further across the US.
In 1997, while at Choice Hotels, he helped develop and launch their mid-priced extended-stay brand, Mainstay Suites and in 2003 he was recruited by IHG to evaluate how the global hotel company might be able to enter the extended-stay space in the UK and mainland Europe. John spent several years proving the concept, building sample rooms and determining how a European version of Staybridge Suites might look before implementing the brand roll-out in 2008.
John went on to co-found Cycas Hospitality 11 years ago, which operates across both the extended-stay and mainstream hospitality sectors. With 4,285 suites and rooms, and 27 hotels open or under development across the UK and mainland Europe – including 14 double-decker hotels – Cycas plans to triple its portfolio to more than 10,000 guest rooms.
In spring 2018 was recognised for his contributions towards the sector, winning the industry inspiration award at the Serviced Apartment Awards 2018.