11 Oct

Ascott International’s Dean Minett Wins Australian "Legend Of Tourism" Award

Australia, October 11, 2004 - Ascott International’s Dean Minett, was recognised as a "Legend of Tourism" at a Tourism Training Australia awards ceremony in Sydney last week.

Minett, 44, who is area general manager Victoria & NSW for Ascott International, joins past award winners Lindsay Fox, John Coates, John Schaap and Peter Lehmann. The winners were chosen by the board of Tourism Training Australia.

Tourism Training Australia's first "100 Legends of Tourism" awards began in 1999. It recognises the significant contributions to the tourism industry by a range of people throughout Australia. Five people were given the award this year.

"It is a great honour to receive the award. I am passionate about tourism, where people are the cornerstone of our industry. Training and motivation are key to high standards," said Minett.

With more than two decades of experience in the tourism and hospitality industry, Minett began his career with an Australian hotel chain at its Melbourne property and quickly worked his way up to become general manager of the its Sydney hotel, making him one of the youngest general managers of a five-star hotel in Australia.

Dean has built a reputation for pioneering high levels of staff training, which he believes has directly contributed to improvements in not only guest services, but also in sales and management performance. He has participated in a range of industry organisations and panels, and been involved for many years in the Victorian Tourism Awards as judge and mentor. Dean is also co-author of two books on tourism, including the best-seller The Road to Hospitality, and a regular columnist for several tourism trade publications.

Before joining Ascott in July 2003, he ran his own hotel, hospitality and tourism consultancy firm. He has also worked for major hotel chains such as the Holiday Inn group and All Seasons.

"This wealth of experience has seen Dean become a key member of Ascott’s management team, as we grow into a major provider of serviced apartments throughout Australia," said managing director for Ascott Australia and New Zealand, Pavan Bhatia.

"Currently Dean’s role is to oversee the operations of the group’s serviced residences throughout Victoria and NSW. This division has seen the successful relaunch of Somerset Botanic Gardens on our securing the management contract, opening of Somerset on Elizabeth, and extensive refurbishment of Somerset Gordon Place," he said.

Tourism Training Australia, established in 1982, is a leading national industry training advisory association, which provides leadership in training for the Australian hospitality and tourism sectors. The organisation brings together various training partners, including industry, government, unions, private and public training providers, industry associations and universities.

Ascott International is a member of The Ascott Group, the largest international serviced residence company in Europe and Asia Pacific, with serviced residences in 40 cities in 17 countries. Ascott is the serviced residence arm of CapitaLand Limited, one of Asia’s largest listed property companies.

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 40 cities in 17 countries. These include London, Paris, Brussels, Berlin and Barcelona in Europe; Singapore, Bangkok, Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Seoul, 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 2004 Business Traveller Best Serviced Residence Brand and Best Serviced Residence property in Asia Pacific awards. Earlier this year, it took the Number One position in the 2004 China’s Top 100 Serviced Residences ranking for its eight properties in China, 2004 Vietnam Economic Times’ 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.