14 Oct
2005

Ascott Voted Best Serviced Residence by Readers of TTG Publications and Online News – Second Award in a Month

Leading international serviced residence company, The Ascott Group has been voted as the best serviced residence operator in a readers’ poll conducted by TTG Asia Media.

Mr Cameron Ong, Chief Executive Officer of Ascott received the awards at TTG’s 16th Annual Travel Awards Ceremony in Pattaya, Thailand yesterday. The event was attended by 650 of the travel industry’s movers and shakers.

Just last month, Ascott bagged two top awards; the Business Traveller Asia Pacific’s Best Serviced Residence Brand for its The Ascott and Somerset brands, as well as the Best Serviced Residence award for its 153-unit The Ascott Singapore residence located in the city’s prime shopping belt, Orchard Road.

Mr Cameron Ong, Chief Executive Officer of Ascott said: “TTG Asia Media is a well recognized authority in providing news information on the travel industry. TTG in particular is a well-read travel trade publication, having been around for three decades. Their readers’ votes for Ascott as the Best Serviced Residence speak volume of the confidence that they have in Ascott’s products and services."

"These series of accolades not only attest to the strong brand reputation that Ascott has built over the years, they are a strong endorsement of Ascott’s ‘Heartware’ campaign – where our staff deliver service from the heart and go the extra mile for our guests to make their stay with us memorable,” Mr Ong added.

Organised by TTG Asia Media, the new awards including the best serviced residence award, recognises rising players for being outstanding leaders in their own niche and the significant contributions they made in shaping the region’s industry into what it is today. The award is based on votes by readers of TTG publications such as TTG Asia, TTG China, BTN Asia Pacific, BTN China and TTGmice as well as TTG’s online e-daily news.

From just 10 award titles in 1989, this year’s awards honour 61 winners across four categories. TTG’s Annual Travel Awards is reputed as the most coveted and influential awards in the region’s travel industry. This is the first year that an award is given for the serviced residence category. Ascott won alongside other home-grown brand names like Raffles Hotel Singapore, Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts, as well as Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, in the ‘Travel Supplier Awards’ category.

"Having received our readers' vote of confidence as the Best Serviced Residence is testament of Ascott's success and commitment to service excellence in meeting the growing needs of long-staying guests who desire to have a home away from home" commented Mr Darren Ng, Managing Director of TTG Asia Media.



About The Ascott Group

The Ascott Group is a leading international serviced residence company with 15,000 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.

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-tier 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 Citadines brand provides corporate executives with vibrant urban lifestyle residences.

Recent awards the group has clinched include First Position in the 2005 ‘China's Top 100 Serviced Residences’ ranking for its eight properties in China; 2005 Vietnam Economic Times' ‘Best Service in Serviced Apartments’ awards in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City; and 2005 Thailand Apartment Living’s ‘Most Innovative Serviced Residence’ award for The Ascott Sathorn in Bangkok. The Ascott in Malaysia was ranked among the top four best employers in Malaysia. The ranking was compiled by Hewitt & Associates, a global human resource services firm, in their Best Employer in Asia 2005 study.

The group has also won the 2005 and 2004 Business Traveller ‘Best Serviced Residence Brand’ and ‘Best Serviced Residence property’ in Asia Pacific awards; 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 and real estate financial services are focused in gateway cities in Asia, Australia and Europe. Its property and hospitality portfolio spans 70 cities in 17 countries.

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