31 Jan

Ascott Centre For Excellence Commits To Enhancing Hospitality Workforce Skills Through NTUC's New Network

To curate accessible and bite-sized training programmes for hospitality professionals

Singapore, 31 January 2018 – The Ascott Centre for Excellence (ACE) has joined the National Trades Union Congress’ new Hospitality ABC Network launched today to enhance the skills of hospitality professionals in Singapore. The Network aims to curate accessible and bite-sized training programmes for hospitality professionals to keep pace with the industry’s transformation and equip them to take on higher-value added roles. The hospitality industry plays a key role in Singapore’s economy, contributing 4% to the country’s GDP and employing some 33,000 workers. The accelerating emergence of new trends and technology, and consumers' changing needs mean that hospitality professionals must continually update their knowledge and skills to deliver exceptional guest experience in the new economy – a central theme of the Hotel Industry Transformation Map (2016).

Mr Willie Ong, Vice President in charge of ACE, said: “By joining the Hospitality ABC Network, we aim to leverage our expertise to enhance the skills of the hospitality workforce in Singapore. As ACE is the global hospitality training centre of serviced residence operator, Ascott, we are able to share the team’s best practices and experience from managing properties across over 30 countries worldwide. In the Network, ACE is the only private training institute run by a hospitality company that is approved by the SkillsFuture Singapore and specialises in training for the Hotel and Accommodation Services Sector. Since 2008, we have trained some 5,000 industry professionals including students from top international hotels in Singapore.”

For more information on ACE, go to https://www.ascott-ace.com/

About The Ascott Limited

The Ascott Limited is a Singapore company that has grown to be one of the leading international serviced residence owner-operators. It has over 43,000 operating serviced residence units in key cities of the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as about 30,000 units which are under development, making a total of about 73,000 units in over 500 properties. The company’s brands include Ascott, Citadines, Somerset, Quest, The Crest Collection, and lyf. Ascott’s portfolio spans about 130 cities across over 30 countries.

Ascott, a wholly owned subsidiary of CapitaLand Limited, pioneered Asia Pacific's first international-class serviced residence with the opening of The Ascott Singapore in 1984. Today, the company boasts over 30 years of industry track record and award-winning serviced residence brands that enjoy recognition worldwide.

Ascott’s achievements have been recognised internationally. Recent awards include World Travel Awards 2017 for ‘Leading Serviced Apartment Brand’ in Asia, Europe and the Middle East; DestinAsian Readers’ Choice Awards 2017 for ‘Best Serviced Residence Brand’; TTG China Travel Awards 2017 for ‘Best Serviced Residence Operator in China’; Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards 2017 for ‘Best Serviced Residence Brand’; Business Traveller UK Awards 2017 for ‘Best Serviced Apartment Company’; and Business Traveller China Awards 2017 for ‘Best Serviced Residence Brand’. For a full list of awards, please visit www.the-ascott.com/ascottlimited/awards.html.

About CapitaLand Limited

CapitaLand is one of Asia’s largest real estate companies. Headquartered and listed in Singapore, it is an owner and manager of a global portfolio worth S$85 billion as at 30 September 2017, comprising integrated developments, shopping malls, serviced residences, offices, homes, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and funds. Present across more than 150 cities in over 30 countries, the Group focuses on Singapore and China as core markets, while it continues to expand in markets such as Vietnam and Indonesia.  

CapitaLand’s competitive advantage is its significant asset base and extensive market network.  Coupled with extensive design, development and operational capabilities, the Group develops and manages high-quality real estate products and services. It also has one of the largest investment management businesses in Asia and a stable of five REITs listed in Singapore and Malaysia – CapitaLand Mall Trust, CapitaLand Commercial Trust, Ascott Residence Trust, CapitaLand Retail China Trust and CapitaLand Malaysia Mall Trust.

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Joan Tan, Vice President, Group Communications

Tel: (65) 6713 2864       

Hp: (65) 9743 9503       

Email: joan.tanzm@capitaland.com           


Jasmine Sim, Senior Manager, Group Communications

Tel: (65) 6713 2867        

Hp: (65) 9686 2859        

Email: jasmine.sim@capitaland.com