14 Nov

The Ascott Group Wins The Third International Travel Industry Award Within Three Months

The Ascott Metropolis Auckland Wins Prestigious 2005 World Travel Award

The Ascott Metropolis Auckland, managed by The Ascott Group (Ascott), has been voted the best accommodation in the 2005 World Travel Awards under the New Zealand's Leading Hotel category. The annual award is regarded as one of the most prestigious in the travel industry. This is Ascott’s third travel industry award within three months. Earlier this year, it bagged the TTG Asia Media’s Best Serviced Residence Operator award in October and the Business Traveller’s 2005 Best Serviced Residence Brand and Best Serviced Residence in Asia Pacific awards in September. Ascott’s Somerset on the Pier, Hobart, also won the prestigious Deluxe Accommodation category of the Tasmanian Tourism Awards last year.

Mr Cameron Ong, Chief Executive Officer of Ascott said: “Ascott is honoured to have won an award that is reputed to be the world's most comprehensive travel awards especially when it is a vote by industry peers. This accolade to our New Zealand colleagues, coming on top of the recent accolades that the Group has received, would not have been possible without the consistent hard work and team effort by the Group’s staff. The awards are also a strong endorsement of the effectiveness of our 'Heartware' campaign which emphasises going the extra mile and delivering service from the heart for our residents."

Ms Allison Englebretsen, General Manager of The Ascott Metropolis Auckland, received the award at the World Travel Awards’ 12th annual ceremony held in London’s prestigious Royal Opera House yesterday. “The travel industry has come to regard the World Travel Awards as the best endorsement that any travel product could receive. Winning the award is a strong recognition of our achievements by the industry. We'll strive to enhance Ascott’s service quality and product offerings to make our residents’ stay a memorable experience,” said Ms Englebretsen upon receiving the award.

The World Travel Awards was established since 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate the achievements in all sectors of the global travel industry. The award is reputed to be the world's most comprehensive travel awards, with trophies awarded in all industry areas, from accommodation to airlines, but more importantly, votes are cast by industry peers. Nominees are judged on such areas as product and service. For more information on The World Travel Awards, pls visit https://www.worldtravelawards.com/index.php/wta/about_us

Staying at The Ascott Metropolis Auckland
In the heart of Auckland’s Central Business District, The Ascott Metropolis Auckland offers proximity to offices, shops, the harbour, art galleries, museums, bars, clubs and an endless selection of fine New Zealand and international cuisines.

With 125 units, the property offers its residents a choice of elegant studio, one or two-bedroom layouts. Each apartment is furnished with natural timber, stone and marble, fitted with a fully equipped kitchen and home entertainment system. Living and dining areas are separate and balconies open to breathtaking views of the glistening harbour and the serene Albert Park. Its facilities include a 22-metre indoor heated swimming pool, a fully equipped gymnasium, a sauna and spa pool. There are also meeting rooms, business centre services, 24-hour room and concierge services.

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; as well as Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland in Australia/New Zealand.

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 achievements have been recognised internationally. Ascott also clinched numerous prestigious awards in 2005, including the recent TTG Asia Media’s ‘Best Serviced Residence’ award as well as the 2005 Business Traveller ‘Best Serviced Residence Brand’ and ‘Best Serviced Residence in Asia Pacific’ awards. Earlier this month, Ascott’s joint venture company in Vietnam, Hanoi Tower Centre Company, has been recognised by Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment as one of the top 12 companies for best performance and contributions in foreign direct investment in the country.

The Group clinched first position in the 2005 ‘China's Top 100 Serviced Residences’ ranking and received Thailand Apartment Living’s ‘Most Innovative Serviced Residence’ award. Ascott was ranked among the top four employers in Malaysia in Hewitt & Associates’ ‘Best Employer in Asia’ study. Ascott’s joint venture company in Vietnam, Mekong Hakota Joint Venture Company, also received ‘Certificate of Excellence’ awards from Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment as well as the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City.

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