Ascott signs six properties for lyf coliving brand

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Singapore: Ascott has signed six lyf properties in Australia, China and the Philippines.

Ascott is adding more than 1,000 units across six new lyf properties in Melbourne, Australia; Beijing, Hangzhou, Shanghai and Xi’an, China; and Manila, the Philippines.

Among the six new properties, Ascott has secured contracts for lyf Malate Manila, its second lyf property in the Philippines and four new lyf properties across China - lyf Shougang Park Beijing, lyf Midtown Hangzhou, lyf Zhangjiang Shanghai and lyf Dayanta Xi’an. It has also secured its first lyf property in Australia, lyf Collingwood Melbourne.

Kevin Goh, CapitaLand's CEO for Lodging and Ascott’s CEO, said: “Despite COVID-19 and challenges in the global hospitality industry, Ascott’s diverse portfolio of brands continues to be supported by a strong base of long-stay guests comprising locals, expatriates and corporates. Our guests appreciate the comfort of our apartments where they can live and work. lyf is a hybrid lodging solution that combines the best of serviced residences, hotels and coliving apartments. It is designed for guests on long stay with the flexibility to take in short stay. The relevance and demand for coliving remains strong as demonstrated by the signing of these six new lyf coliving properties and the opening of our second lyf property in Bangkok. It is not only a strong testament to Ascott’s operational resilience, but also shows the confidence that property owners have on the unique positioning of our lyf coliving product.”

Goh added: “The value and demand for lyf is evident in the performance of our first operating lyf property, lyf Funan Singapore, where guests could stay with us safely and comfortably throughout the COVID-19 period. It achieved a robust average occupancy rate of 86% from April to June 2020. Many guests made lyf Funan Singapore their home away from home, extending their stays at the property. In May 2020, 95% of its guests were on long stay of between one and six months. Ascott has already taken steps to enhance our operational strength, technical capabilities and service delivery in a post COVID-19 landscape. We will continue to evolve our lodging business and product offerings to cement Ascott’s position as a dominant lodging player and deliver more value for our guests and business partners.”

With the addition of six new lyf properties, Ascott has a pipeline of 14 lyf properties with more than 2,700 units, 13 of which are scheduled to open between 2020 and 2024.

The first lyf property in Thailand, lyf Sukhumvit 8 Bangkok, is set to open on 31 July.



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