05 May

Ascott Is Official Sponsor For World Famous Cirque du Soleil's New Production In Singapore

The Ascott Group, a leading international serviced residence company, is an official sponsor for the world famous Cirque du Soleil’s performance in Singapore in September and October.

The production, called Quidam, has successfully toured Japan, Australia / New Zealand, Europe and the US, and been enjoyed by seven million people. It will premiere in Singapore on September 8.

Quidam combines innovative acrobatic circus acts, street performances, spectacular costumes, dramatic music and lighting with a moving plot. Time magazine has called one of Cirque du Soleil’s productions "the greatest show on earth".

Ascott’s sponsorship of Quidam is part of its efforts to support the arts and inspiring performances in the cities it operates.

Ascott has also been chosen as the official accommodation provider for Cirque du Soleil’s troop during their stay in Singapore.

Ascott’s chief executive officer, Mr Cameron Ong, said: "We are delighted to be able to help bring the world of Cirque du Soleil to Singapore. Their productions are inspiring – they are about passion, acrobatic artistry and extraordinary skill. They are about the celebration of the human spirit in pushing the limits of possibilities, and the joy of living.

"The troop travels all year long, to bring their inspiring performances to various countries. Their home is where they perform. We are honoured that they have chosen the world of Ascott as their home.

"They are an inspiration to our staff, as we strive to create residences with highly efficient and nurturing environments for those who live and work away from home, to help them succeed in the various cities. Cirque du Soleil is about consistently achieving peak performance away from home, with the right supportive environment.’

He added that as the circus members spend all year touring, a nurturing ‘home’ in the various cities is important. They travel as a community complete with chefs and teachers for their children, and choose their accommodation with great care.

He said that Ascott’s sponsorship of the production is also in line with its efforts to provide its residents with enriching experiences. Special programmes will be initiated to enable its guests in the region to enjoy the production.

The Ascott Group, a leading international serviced residence company, operates more than 14,000 serviced apartments in 40 cities in 17 countries across Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. In 2004, it won the ‘Best Serviced Residence Brand in Asia Pacific’ award while its The Ascott Singapore won the ‘Best Serviced Residence property in Asia Pacific’ award.
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 over 14,000 serviced residence units in the key cities of Europe, Asia Pacific and the Gulf region.

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/NZ; 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 21-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 upper-tier Somerset 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. The group took the Number One position in the 2004 China's Top 100 Serviced Residences ranking for its eight properties in China. Ascott also won the 2004 Vietnam Economic Times' Best Service in Serviced Apartments awards in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and Best Annual Report and Best Operating & Financial Review awards at the 2004 Singapore 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, the multinational company's core businesses in property, hospitality, property services and real estate financial services are focused in gateway cities in Asia, Australia and Europe. Its property and hospitality portfolio spans 88 cities in 30 countries.

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





Ascott’s Serviced Residences in Singapore

The Ascott Singapore – 153 units, Scotts Road
Located above Scotts Shopping Centre in the prime Orchard Road shopping belt, the luxury-tier residence is near Orchard MRT station. Facilities include a swimming pool, gym, business centre and residents’ lounge. The studio suites to split-level penthouses feature elegant interiors with broadband Internet access.

Somerset Bencoolen – 107 units, Bencoolen Street
The residence is located in an area being rejuvenated as Singapore’s new arts and education district. It is near two MRT stations, theatres, art schools, museums, a university and shopping malls. Facilities include a roof-top swimming pool and lounge, gym and landscaped sky garden. The one to three-bedroom suites feature broadband Internet access, fully equipped kitchens and home entertainment systems.

Somerset Grand Cairnhill – 144 units, Cairnhill Road
The residence is a short walk from prime Orchard Road. Facilities include a garden terrace with swimming pool and children’s playground, gym and residents’ lounge. The studio to three-bedroom suites feature contemporary decor, broadband Internet access, fully equipped kitchens and home entertainment systems.

Somerset Compass – 72 units, Mount Elizabeth Link
The residence is near major shopping centres and entertainment spots in Orchard Road. Facilities include a gym, children’s playground, outdoor pool, jacuzzi and residents’ lounge. Each of the one to five-bedroom suites has broadband Internet access, a fully-equipped kitchen and home entertainment system.

Somerset Liang Court – 193 units, River Valley Road
Located above Liang Court shopping centre, the residence is near the Clarke Quay and Boat Quay dining areas, and the Raffles Place financial district. Facilities include a fitness centre, sauna, steam rooms, indoor jacuzzi and residents’ lounge. Units range from one to three-bedroom suites with broadband Internet access.

Somerset Orchard – 88 units, Orchard Road
The residence is in the heart of the bustling Orchard Road shopping and entertainment district. Facilities include a children’s playground, barbecue area, fitness centre and residents’ lounge. The studio to three-bedroom suites feature broadband Internet access, fully-equipped kitchens and home entertainment systems.



Ida Lim, VP, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications

Hp: (65) 9628 8339

Email: ida.lim@the-ascott.com

Lilian Goh, Manager

Hp: (65) 9795 5225

Email: lilian.goh@the-ascott.com