China: Ascott has signed four management contracts and opened two properties in China, and is on track to achieve 12,000 units in the country by 2015.
The milestone comes on the back of Ascott securing contracts to manage four more
properties with a total of 797 apartment units in Hangzhou,
Chongqing and Shenzhen. The 230-unit Somerset IOC Hangzhou, 185-unit Somerset Changbin
Chongqing, 182-unit Ascott Raffles City Shenzhen and 200-unit
Yantian Coast Serviced Residence Shenzhen are scheduled to open in
2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 respectively. In addition, Ascott has
opened the 298-unit Ascott Raffles City Chengdu and 257-unit
Somerset Wusheng Wuhan this year.
Kevin Goh, Ascott's managing director for North Asia, said: "We are pleased that Ascott has crossed a milestone of having 10,000 apartment units in China and is on track to achieve 12,000 units by 2015. Besides the first tier cities, we are expanding in high growth cities like Hangzhou and Chongqing. These cities have strong potential for economic growth and foreign investments which will generate a large demand for serviced residences. In China this year, we have so far clinched 13 management contracts and acquired a prime property in Hong Kong. Our China portfolio increased by more than 2,100 apartment units compared to 2012."
"Since we brought Ascott from our home base in Singapore to China in 1998, more real estate owners have been seeking partnerships with us due to our exceptional track record in constantly adding value to both the properties and our customers. More expatriates and travellers are also choosing to stay at our serviced residences. Besides spacious apartments with separate living and dining areas and a fully-equipped kitchen, residents will enjoy privacy, the comfort of a home and top quality services. In the next five years, Ascott will be opening 27 more properties with over 4,300 units in China," added Goh.