23 Aug

Ascott Appoints Area GM In Manila

Manila, August 23, 2004 -- The Ascott Group has appointed Mr Arthur Gindap as its Area General Manager for Manila. Mr Gindap will oversee the operational performance of the group’s three serviced residences in the city, with emphasis on sales and marketing, brand building, and maintaining Ascott’s product and service delivery standards.

"Arthur has a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry, having held senior positions in several international hotel groups in various countries. He will be able to harness this expertise to drive performance at Ascott’s Manila operations," said Ascott’s chief executive officer, Mr Cameron Ong.

Ascott is a leading international serviced residence chain with 13,800 serviced residence units in 39 cities in 16 countries. In Manila, Ascott operates the 138-unit Somerset Millennium, 150-unit Somerset Salcedo and 116-unit Somerset Olympia serviced residences in the prime Makati City area.

Previously general manager of the property division at The Mulia Group in Jakarta, Mr Gindap has 15 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. He has worked for international hospitality companies such as The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Swiss-Belhotel International and Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts. He holds a diploma in Hotel and Restaurant Administration in Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada.

Mr Gindap’s work in redesigning operational systems, sales and marketing and guest recognition programmes has contributed to the hotels he managed winning awards. These include the Prime Minister’s Quality Award won by Shangri-La Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, and the Five-Star Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Services won by the Hotel Mulia Senayan in Jakarta when he was resident manager of the hotels.

Mr Gindap, who was appointed on 1 August 2004, said: "I look forward to contributing to the profitability of Ascott’s Manila residences through improving work processes, strengthening the Somerset brand in Manila, and nurturing the Ascott Heartware philosophy in our people to spur high service standards at our properties."



About Ascott's Serviced Residences In Manila 

Somerset Millennium - 138 units, Legaspi Village, Makati City
The serviced residence is in the heart of Makati City's business and entertainment district, near Landmark and Glorietta shopping malls, the Pasay Road fine-dining area and international schools. Facilities include a fitness centre, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, business centre services and conference room. Units range from deluxe to two-bedroom suites.

Somerset Olympia – 116 units, Makati Avenue, Makati City
The serviced residence is near the Philippines Stock Exchange, Citibank Tower, Ayala Shopping Centre, Greenbelt Mall and a 10-minute walk from the Metro railway transit. Facilities include wireless Internet access in the common areas, a fitness centre, swimming pool, business centre, conference rooms and restaurants. Units range from studio to two-bedroom suites.

Somerset Salcedo - 150 units, Salcedo Village, Makati City
The serviced residence is a 10-minute drive from the Powerplant shopping mall at Rockwell Centre. Makati Avenue, with its fine restaurants and entertainment centres, and the embassies at Salcedo Village are nearby. Facilities include a fitness centre, swimming pool, business centre services and conference room. Units range from studio to three-bedroom suites.


About The Ascott Group

The Ascott Group is a leading international serviced residence company with 13,800 serviced residence units in the key cities of Europe and Asia Pacific.

Ascott's global presence spans 39 cities in 16 countries. These include London, Paris, Brussels, Berlin and Barcelona in Europe; Singapore, Bangkok, Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing in Asia; Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland in Australia and New Zealand; and Dubai in the Gulf region.

Through its marketing alliance with Equity Corporate Housing, the group also offers upper-tier serviced apartments throughout the US. Headquartered in Singapore, The Ascott Group pioneered the Asia Pacific’s first branded luxury serviced residence in 1984. Today, it boasts a 20-year industry track record and serviced residence brands that enjoy recognition worldwide.

The group’s flagship The Ascott luxury serviced residence brand projects an elegant lifestyle appealing to top executives. Its Somerset upper-tier brand offers stylish, contemporary living for senior to upper management executives. The mid-tier Citadines brand provides corporate executives with comfortable city residences.

Recent awards the group has clinched include the Number One position in the 2004 China’s Top 100 Serviced Residences ranking for its eight properties in China, 2004 Best Service in Serviced Apartments awards in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and Best Annual Report and Best Operating and Financial Review awards at Singapore’s 2004 Annual Report Awards.

Listed on the mainboard of the Singapore Exchange, Ascott is the serviced residence arm of CapitaLand Limited, one of Asia’s largest listed property companies. Headquartered in Singapore, CapitaLand’s core businesses in property, hospitality, property services and real estate financial services are focused in gateway cities in Asia, Australia and Europe. The company's hospitality businesses in hotels and serviced residences span more than 60 cities around the world.

For reservations on Ascott properties, call Central Reservations on (65) 6272-7272 or visit www.the-ascott.com.



Joanne Golong
Director of Sales and Marketing (Manila)
Tel: (63-2) 888 0505
Email: golong.joanne@the-ascott.com

Debbie Galang
Marketing officer, Somerset Olympia Makati
Tel: (63-2) 812 1010
Email: debbie.galang@the-ascott.com