05 Nov

Ascott Wins Top Honour at 2007 World Travel Awards

Ascott Auckland Metropolis voted leading hotel in Australasia and New Zealand by travel professionals worldwide

Melbourne, 5 November 2007 – Ascott Auckland Metropolis, managed by Ascott International (Ascott), has been voted ‘Australasia’s Leading Hotel’ at the annual 2007 World Travel Awards, one of the most prestigious accolades in the travel industry. This is the second time the serviced residence has received the top honour. Besides this award, Ascott Auckland Metropolis also came up tops as ‘New Zealand's Leading Hotel’ for the third consecutive year.

Mr Dean Minett, Area General Manager, Australia and New Zealand said: “Ascott is honoured to have won the awards. It goes to show that our emphasis on delivering service from the heart through our 'Heartware' campaign has paid off once again. As Ascott continues to grow, we will continue to build on the brand loyalty and trust that our residents have placed on us.”

Ms Allison Englebretsen, General Manager, Ascott Auckland Metropolis said: “The travel industry has come to regard the World Travel Awards as the best endorsement that any travel product could receive. Winning the award is a great encouragement and we will continue to enhance our service quality and product offerings to make our residents’ stay a memorable experience.”

The World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate the achievements in all sectors of the global travel industry. Winners were voted by close to 170,000 travel professionals worldwide.

About The Ascott Group

The Ascott Group is the largest international serviced residence owner-operator outside the United States with close to 14,000 operating serviced residence units in key cities of Asia Pacific, Europe and the Gulf region, as well as 5,500 units which are under development, making a total of about 19,500 units.

The Group operates three brands – Ascott, Somerset and Citadines. Its portfolio spans 53 cities in 23 countries, 11 of which are cities where Ascott's serviced residences are being newly developed.

The Ascott Group is headquartered in Singapore. It pioneered Asia Pacific's first branded luxury serviced residence in 1984. It also established the world’s first pan-Asian serviced residence real estate investment trust, Ascott Residence Trust in 2006. Today, the Group boasts a 23-year industry track record and serviced residence brands that enjoy recognition worldwide.

The Ascott Group's achievements have been recognised internationally. Recent awards include Business Traveller UK Awards 2007 'Best Serviced Residence Company', Business Traveller Asia Pacific Awards 2007 'Best Serviced Residence Brand' and 'Best Serviced Residence' and Forbes China 2008 ‘China’s Best Serviced Apartments. For a full list of awards, please visit https://www.theascottgroup.com/aboutus/awards

Listed on the mainboard of the Singapore Exchange, The Ascott Group is the serviced residence arm of CapitaLand Limited, one of the largest listed real estate companies in Asia. Headquartered in Singapore, the multinational company's core businesses in real estate, hospitality and real estate financial services are focused in gateway cities in Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. The company's real estate and hospitality portfolio spans more than 90 cities in over 20 countries.

For more information on The Ascott Group’s property listings, visit https://www.theascottgroup.com/aboutus/group_directory.html