Singapore: The Ascott Limited has secured contracts to manage its first Citadines aparthotels in Vietnam, Sabah, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates.
The 200-unit Citadines Regency Saigon will open in Ho Chi Minh
City's District 3 in 201 while the 253-unit Citadines Waterfront
Kota Kinabalu is scheduled to open in the heart of the city in
2018. The 81-unit Citadines Culture Village Dubai will open in
Lee Chee Koon, Ascott's CEO, said: "Citadines is one of our fastest growing brands. Since we fully acquired the Citadines Apart'hotel chain in 2004, we have more than doubled our Citadines portfolio from the initial 5,100 apartment units in 18 European cities to more than 12,000 units in 81 properties and 52 cities across Asia Pacific, Europe and the Gulf region. With the fast-growing middle class and the rise of low-cost air travel, we are seeing more independent travellers who enjoy the flexibility to choose the services according to their lifestyles."
"We see tremendous opportunities for our international-class serviced residences to expand in Vietnam, Malaysia and the UAE. Vietnam has seen a steady growth in foreign direct investments in 2014, 70 per cent of which were from the manufacturing and processing sectors. Visitor arrivals also grew to nearly 8 million last year and Ho Chi Minh City accounted for more than 50 per cent of the arrivals. We expect demand for serviced residences from expatriates and travellers to increase. The addition of Citadines Regency Saigon will strengthen Ascott's leadership position as the largest international serviced residence owner-operator in Vietnam," he added.
"Demand for quality accommodation in Malaysia has been growing strongly as the country continues to attract foreign direct investments. Last year, Malaysia's foreign direct investment grew more than 8% to RM64.6 billion compared with 2013. Kota Kinabalu is an industrial and commercial centre of Sabah, Malaysia's second largest state and the country's largest producer of palm oil and cocoa. Many government institutions and international corporations have also set up branch offices in the city. Being the first international brand of serviced residence in Sabah, we expect strong demand for Citadines Waterfront Kota Kinabalu. The launch of our Citadines brand in the UAE supports the growing demand from independent travellers who want the flexibility to choose the services they require as we define global living," concluded Lee.