George Sell

George is the editor of Serviced Apartment News, and has more than a decade's experience as a hospitality, property and travel journalist. He regularly contributes to a wide range of international publications and websites.

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Recent Articles by George

ART recognised for sustainability leadership

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Singapore: Ascott Residence Trust (ART) has been recognised for its "outstanding leadership in sustainability" in the 2021 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB).

Living Rooms appoints Telford as GM

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UK: Living Rooms Apartments Collection, which operates serviced apartments in three London locations, has appointed Ian Telford as general manager.

Primestone appoints Hekking to COO role

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US: Primestone Partners LLC, a New York-based, consulting and corporate housing management firm, has appointed Mike Hekking as COO of the Primestone Housing Solutions division.

Staycity to boost Wilde aparthotel portfolio

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Ireland: Staycity Group has announced a significant boost to its premium brand, Wilde Aparthotels by Staycity, with the imminent opening of two London properties and another in Manchester, as well as news of an acquisition in Lisbon, Portugal.

Sandpiper adds Texas properties

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US: Sandpiper Hospitality has been selected to manage four properties currently under development in Texas that will join the Wyndham Hotels & Resorts portfolio.

Lamington sets zero carbon goal

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UK: Lamington Group has set itself the goal of delivering whole life net zero carbon across the future development and operation of its room2 hometel properties.

YAYS unveils rebranding

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Netherlands: Aparthotel and serviced apartment operator YAYS has undergone a rebranding, with a revamped logo, new colour palette, renamed properties and more.

Ascott takes full ownership of Quest

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Australia: The Ascott Ltd has secured full ownership of Quest Apartment Hotels after acquiring founder Paul Constantinou’s remaining 20 per cent stake for an undisclosed sum.

E&O opens London aparthotel

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UK: Malaysian developer and hotelier Eastern and Oriental (E&O) has officially opened a 54-key aparthotel in London.

Staybridge Suites makes Welsh debut

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UK: Staybridge Suites Cardiff, the extended stay flag's eighth property in the UK, has opened on the East Dock in the city’s Atlantic Wharf district.

Mapletree to buy UK PBSA assets

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UK: Singaporean investor Mapletree Investments his set to purchase four Vita Student residences from Vita Group for more than £165 million.

Sandpiper adds Texas and Colorado properties

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US: Sandpiper Hospitality has continued its recent acquisition activity in the extended stay space with the addition of two new Savannah Suites hotels, one in Arvada, Colorado and one in Pleasanton, Texas.

Chatham adds to board of trustees

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US: Chatham Lodging Trust (CLT), a lodging real estate investment trust (REIT) in the extended stay space, has appointed Ethel Isaacs Williams and David J. Grissen to the company's board of trustees.

KSL enters extended stay sector

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US: Private equity firm KSL Capital Partners has launched Mission Hill Hospitality, a portfolio company created to acquire select service and extended stay hotels.

Mondrian Residences' Australian debut breaks sales records

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Australia: Mondrian Residences Gold Coast, the first Mondrian Residences outside of North America, has broken sales records after developers Vitale Property Group sold more than AUD$231 million worth of apartments in six months.

Major London mixed-use scheme set to include aparthotel

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UK: Developer Groveworld secured a resolution to grant planning permission from Camden Council to create new homes, office space and an aparthotel at 330 Gray’s Inn Road – the former home of the Royal Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital.

Optimism on the up among UK operators

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UK: Optimism in the UK serviced apartment sector is at its highest since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out, according to the latest ASAP/Savills sentiment survey.

ISAAP acquired by GSA

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UK: The International Serviced Accommodation Accreditation Process (ISAAP) has been acquired by Global Secure Accreditation (GSA).

JV to develop PBSA scheme in Portugal

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Portugal: Student and coliving group BigCity and Reditum Capital have agreed joint venture funding for the development of a PBSA project in Porto.

New October date for Urban Living Festival

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UK: International Hospitality Media has confirmed that the Urban Living Festival: stay • live • work – will now take place on October 26 – 27 2021 at Tobacco Dock in London, following the announcements from the UK government on Monday.

Serviced Apartment Awards to honour industry heroes

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UK: The 2021 Serviced Apartment Awards features a special category which honours industry heroes - those who have stepped up to the plate over the last 15 months, going beyond the call of duty to support their colleagues, their guests and the wider industry.

WeWork losses hit $2 billion in Q1

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US: WeWork’s losses almost quadrupled to $2.1 billion in Q1 2021, as it continued to lose members and restructured its property portfolio.

Adina to open Geneva aparthotel

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Switzerland: TFE Hotels will make its Swiss debut with a 140-key aparthotel within a major new mixed-use development in Geneva.

WINK Aparthotels acquired by Afrirent Holdings

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South Africa: Cape Town-based WINK Aparthotels has been acquired by Afrirent Holdings (Pty) Ltd, a 100 per cent black, female-owned company, via its subsidiary Indalo Hotels and Leisure.

Fighting Talk

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Official statements regarding financial matters from big hospitality companies, particularly US organisations, are usually dense and dry affairs, packed with more acronyms than an episode of Line of Duty and often impenetrable reams of figures.

Unite and GIC extend JV term

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UK: Unite Students has extended its joint venture with Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC to September 2032.

Q Apartments adds London units

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UK: Q Apartments has launched the latest addition to its UK apartment portfolio - Cambric by Q Apartments, in Aldgate, London.

ESA shareholder vote set for June 8

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US: Extended Stay America set June 8 as the date for a shareholder vote on its $6 billion acquisition by a 50/50 joint venture between Blackstone Real Estate Partners and Starwood Capital Group.

Zoku Vienna to open in June

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Austria: Zoku has announced the opening date of its latest property and launched a subscription service.

RESIDE partners with Homelike

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US: RESIDE Worldwide has partnered with Homelike to add more than 70,000 units in Europe to its aggregator platform 3SIXTY.

Katten's Scott dies after illness battle

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UK: Diane Scott, senior hotel consultant at law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman and founder of the Serviced Apartment Networking Group (SANG) has died after a lengthy battle with illness.

HoCoSo launches Hospitality Resilience Study

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Worldwide: Hospitality leaders are invited to take part in an online study to understand the factors that contribute to personal resilience in the industry and identify key resilience indicators.

£2 billion investment boost for RVG

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UK: Retirement Villages Group (RVG) has secured a £2 billion investment to drive the development of more than 40 new sites across the UK.

SilverDoor partners with TRIPBAM

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UK: SilverDoor has partnered with TRIPBAM, a provider of hotel benchmarking, analytics and contract auditing capabilities to the corporate travel market.

Chester aparthotel opens its doors

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UK: Walker & Williams has opened Hotel Chester, a £4.6 million aparthotel redevelopment project designed by the Frank Whittle Partnership.

Adagio launches second London property

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UK: Aparthotel Adagio London Stratford will open from the 12 April for key workers and essentials stays, with the property welcoming leisure guests from 17 May.

ASAP calls for clarity over reopening date

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UK: The Association of Serviced providers (ASAP) has called on the UK government to clarify whether all professionally-run serviced apartments are able to reopen on April 12th.

A major arrival

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Louvre Hotel Group's launch of an aparthotel brand marks the arrival not only of a new player in the extended stay space, but of a well financed operator with global ambition.

Choice grows Quality Hotels brand down under

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Aus/NZ: Two serviced apartment properties – one in Australia and one in New Zealand – have been added to the Quality Hotels portfolio, as the Choice Hotels brand continues its growth.

Hmlet CEO Kamalski steps down

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Singapore: Coliving operator Hmlet has confirmed that its CEO and co-founder Yoan Kamalski has stepped down after five years at the helm.

ASAP looks to offload accreditation arm

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UK: The Association of Serviced Apartment Providers (ASAP) is “seeking expressions of interest” to turn accreditation body ISAAP into an independent organisation.

Shareholder opposition to ESA sale grows

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US: Several major shareholders in Extended Stay America have expressed their opposition to the proposed sale of the company to a Starwood Capital/Blackstone JV.

Coming of age

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When we launched Serviced Apartment News back in 2013, it’s fair to say the extended stay sector was firmly placed in the “niche” bracket, with little consumer recognition outside the business travel community and a limited level of investor awareness.

Harrow aparthotel plans rejected

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UK: Plans for a 129-room aparthotel on the site of a former car park have been rejected by councillors on the basis it would “dominate” the area’s skyline.

WFW strengthens APAC team

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Australia: Law firm Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has announced a major expansion of its Hotels & Hospitality practice in the Asia-Pacific region.

Extended stay pioneer Jack DeBoer dies at 90

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US: Jack DeBoer, the extended stay pioneer who founded the Residence Inn, Summerfield Suites, Candlewood Suites, Value Place and WaterWalk, has died after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Marriott boosts extended stay portfolios

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US: Marriott Bonvoy's portfolio of longer stay brands – Element Hotels, Residence Inn by Marriott, and TownePlace Suites by Marriott – has announced a selection of new openings and offerings.

Liverpool aparthotel placed on the market

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UK: Slater Street Apartments, an aparthotel in Liverpool city centre, has been brought to the market with an asking price of £1.5 million for the freehold going concern.

STAY opts for Infor PMS

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UK: Serviced apartment provider STAY has deployed Infor HMS property management system for its 169 apartment properties in Camden, London.

ABTA calls for government grants to help TMCs

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UK: ABTA chief executive Mark Tanzer has called on the government to include travel management companies in its the £5 billion restart grant scheme announced over the weekend.

Oakwood adds Bangkok property

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Thailand: Oakwood has announced the opening date of its seventh property in Thailand, and fourth in the Bangkok, Oakwood Hotel & Residence Bangkok.

ESA launches Premier Suites brand

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US: Extended Stay America has announced the launch of Extended Stay America Premier Suites, a new brand with a higher price point than its existing portfolio.

Planning granted for Dublin aparthotel

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Ireland: An aparthotel in Dublin’s north inner city has been granted planning consent, with construction expected to start as soon as Covid restrictions allow.

Berkshire aparthotel set for resi conversion

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UK: The Flexistay Reading West Aparthotel could be converted in to 20 residential apartments, with a further 20 built alongside it if a recent planning application is successful.

Freehand adds extended stay offer

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US: Freehand Hotels, which has locations in Chicago, Miami, New York and Los Angeles, has launched a membership program and extended stay offer.

Flexibility is the key

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It's clear that the businesses who will come out of the pandemic in the best shape are the those who are flexible enough to quickly adapt to meet customer needs.

Barings makes move in to PBSA market

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UK: Barings has made its first European PBSA investment in a £43.8 million deal to forward fund the development assets in London and Manchester.

Confined to Quarters

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• Following the demise of BridgeStreet, one of the biggest names in the serviced apartment sector, late last year, now it is the turn of one of the highest profile companies in the coliving space to run in to trouble.

Starting the new year with a bang

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We're just two weeks in to the new year and despite the obvious short-term difficulties we are all facing, the strength of our industry has been amply demonstrated by two major UK deals which have made the news this week.

Ascott signs second Qatar property

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Qatar: Ascott has entered into an agreement with Al Majed Hotel Management for the Somerset Al Mansoura Doha, set to open in Qatar’s capital in Q4 2021.

Birch scraps plans for Liverpool aparthotel

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UK: Developer Duncan Birch, who had secured planning consent for an aparthotel project in Liverpool's Baltic Triangle, is scrapping the proposals in favour of an office building with rooftop bar.

National Corporate Housing acquires V-Suites

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US: National Corporate Housing has announced the acquisition of the assets of V-Suites, a corporate housing entity with apartment inventory primarily in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, and Minnesota.

Sentiment boost for UK operators

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UK: Sentiment in the serviced apartment sector has improved considerably since June 2020, according to the latest survey by Savills and ASAP.

edyn to open Dublin Locke property

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Ireland: edyn Group will expand its lifestyle aparthotel brand Locke outside of the UK for the first time in December with the opening of Zanzibar Locke in Dublin.

Crosstree makes first PBSA move

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UK: Crosstree Real Estate has made its first move into the student accommodation sector with the £55 million purchase of an asset in north-east London.

TownSq to roll out coworking business

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UK: Coworking business TownSq has marked its third anniversary with an acquisition, senior appointments, and a number of multi-million-pound contracts.

MetroResidences launches long-stay leases

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Singapore: MetroResidences today announced the launch of Residential Rentals - a new category of property inventory for long-term leases in Singapore and Japan.

Oakwood launches the Unlimited Collection soft brand

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Singapore: Oakwood has launched The Unlimited Collection, a new brand which it says allows for a curation of independent properties that retain their unique positioning yet leverage Oakwood’s hospitality management expertise and distribution network.

Join SAN's 2021 trends webinar

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UK: Serviced Apartment News will be hosting a webinar on December 1st, looking at trends which will affect the serviced apartment and extended stay sectors over the next 12 months.

Carparelli joins CAP Worldwide

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UK: CAP Worldwide Serviced Apartments (CAP) has appointed Sabrina Carparelli to its senior business development and sales support team - with immediate effect.

Dream adds Manchester apartments

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UK: Belfast-based provider Dream Luxury Serviced Apartments has added 120 units in Manchester to its portfolio, creating 40 jobs.

CHF launches revamped website

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Netherlands: Corporate Housing Factory has launched its new website, corporatehousingfactory.com, which serves as a booking engine and guide for its six properties in the Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Eindhoven.

UK development finance search engine launched

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UK: Brickflow, the first online search engine for UK real estate development finance has been launched by property finance professional Ian Humphreys and software developer Robert Lange.

Fletcher takes the helm at Fresh

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UK: BTR and PBSA developer Watkin Jones has appointed Jeremy Fletcher as CEO of its property management business Fresh Property group.

Trio of openings planned for The Sebel

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Australia: The Sebel will open its latest serviced apartment property, in the Victorian town of Yarrawonga, next month, with two further properties to follow in 2021.

No time for complacency

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Awareness of serviced apartments and aparthotels has come on so far over the last 10 years from all quarters - consumer, investor and developer - that it's easy to become complacent and take it for granted that everyone knows exactly what the industry does and how it works.

A vital age

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I find it astonishing that the planners at Elmbridge council in Surrey have turned down an application for a for a senior living development in Walton-on-Thames on the grounds that elderly people do not bring “vitality” to town centres.

Don't let coliving become the next timeshare

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The perception of coliving is becoming something of an issue for those who are advocating the model as not only an alternative form of temporary accommodation but also an innovative way to help address the housing shortage in the UK and beyond.

Residents help defeat Dublin aparthotel plans

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Ireland: Plans for an aparthotel in Dublin's Phibsborough neighbourhood have been successfully opposed by local residents who claimed such a development was unsuitable for the area.

Starwood Capital to refinance extended stay portfolio

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US: Starwood Capital is accessing the commercial mortgage-backed securities market to refinance debt on a portfolio of 58 extended-stay hotels, as well as the construction costs of several recently built hotel properties.

Green light for Kingston coliving scheme

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UK: Developer Viewranks Estates has been granted planning permission to build a £60 million coliiving schemeon the site of two retail units in Kingston, south-west London.

Major Quest franchisee ceases trading

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Australia: CEM Group of Companies, one of the largest franchises of Quest Apartment Hotels properties has ceased trading, resulting in the closure of at least three properties.

Quick Q&A: Natalia Schrey, Noli Studios

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Natalia Schrey, chief commercial officer at Finnish operator Noli Studios, talks to SAN about customer-centricity and becoming a regional thought leader.

My Place makes Ohio debut

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US: My Place Hotels of America has opened its 58th extended stay property, and its first in Ohio, in the town of Marion.

Talking business: Ravi Sharma, Respublica

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Ravi Sharma, CEO and co-founder of coliving operator Respublica talks to SAN about rolling out the brand and how the pandemic has made us demand more from our homes.

Ascott launches mobile app

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Singapore: Ascott has launched its Discover ASR mobile app for members of its loyalty programme, Ascott Star Rewards (ASR).

Urban Living Lite launches as festival postponed until July 2021

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UK: International Hospitality Media (IHM), the publisher of SAN, has announced it will be postponing the inaugural Urban Living Festival until July next year, and is launching a series of Urban Living Lite online and offline events following a recent announcement from UK prime minister Boris Johnson.

APLBC enters sales partnership with Oakwood

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UK: About Partners - Luxury Brands Collection (APBLC) has been appointed as a global sales partner to represent Oakwood’s global property portfolio of serviced apartments.

CitySpace opens Bermondsey property

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UK: CitySpace, an operator offering workspace with accommodation and dining options, has opened its second London property, in Bermondsey.

LHN buys property for coliving conversion

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Singapore: LHN Limited, through its subsidiary Coliwoo Balestier, is set to acquire a property in the Balestier neighbourhood for S$18.1 million, which it intends to operate as a coliving space.

Cheval to reopen the Register Club

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UK: From 1 October, The Register Club will reopen as part of Cheval Collection, located on the fourth floor of Cheval The Edinburgh Grand.

Quest focused on European expansion

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UK: Quest Apartment Hotels says it remains focused on its European expansion plans despite the Covid pandemic, with backing from majority shareholder Ascott.

Ascott boosts loyalty programme benefits

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Singapore: Ascott Limited has added a raft of enhancements to its Ascott Star Rewards (ASR) programme, including a points exchange initiative with CapitaStar, Singapore’s leading lifestyle and shopping rewards programme.

Homesave to transition from aparthotel model

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UK: Arbuthnot Latham Commercial has provided a commercial loan of £2.2 million for Homesave UK Limited, helping the company to transition its business model from aparthotels to residential lettings.

Starcity partners with Greystar

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US: Coliving developer and operator Starcity is partnering with Greystar to offer the company its experience platform.

WaterWalk buys $2 million Arizona site

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US: Extended stay developer and operator WaterWalk has acquired a 4.5 acre development site in Phoenix’s Deer Valley neighbourhood for $2.14 million.

Turnover-based rents - a lifeline for hospitality?

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In the wake of the Covid crisis and its devastating impact on the nation's high streets, many UK landlords in the retail and restaurant spaces have moved from offering fixed leases to turnover-based rents, in order to allow struggling tenants to continue trading. Could the hospitality sector follow suit?

Messages with meaning

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• Getting the tone of your brand messaging right during tumultuous times is not an easy thing to do, but it has to be said, some of the recent attempts I have seen relating to the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter campaign have been nothing short of awful.

ASAP names Haran as incoming chair

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UK: The Association of Serviced Apartment Providers (ASAP) has named Evelyn Haran, chief operating officer at PREM Group,as its incoming chair

Nuveen acquires Copenhagen PBSA project

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Denmark: Nuveen Real Estate's €2 billion European Cities fund has made a €100 million forward commitment to acquire a student accommodation development in Copenhagen.

ISA introduces Workabode units

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Singapore: International Service Apartments (ISA) has launched the Workabode concept, designed foe guests who need workspace in their apartments.

Workspace sees surge in demand

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UK: Workspace Group has reported a significant increase in customer demand, receiving 765 enquiries in June compared with 272 in April.

Zolostays closes $56 million funding round

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India: Bengaluru-based coliving startup Zolostays has raised US$56 million in Series C funding round led by Investcorp, Nexus Ventures Partners, Mirae Assets, Trifecta Capital and others.

Frasers reopens global portfolio

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Singapore: Frasers Hospitality is reopening its worldwide property portfolio with a series of new measures designed to ensure the health, safety and well-being of guests and staff.

World's first coliving fund secures extra capital

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UK: COLIV, an independent fund managed by DTZ Investors, now has £170 million of capital to invest, following a recently confirmed commitment from Merseyside Pension Fund, the Liverpool-based local authority pension fund.

Oakwood launches Clean360 program

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Singapore: Oakwood has launched Clean360, a global program that "details the brand’s commitment to meeting the health and safety challenges of COVID-19".

Schroders buys Hong Kong asset manager Pamfleet

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UK: Asset manager Schroders has has bought control of Hong Kong real estate investment manager Pamfleet, which has serviced apartments and hotels in its portfolio, for an undisclosed sum.

Acomodeo partners with ATG

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Germany: Serviced apartment booking portal Acomodeo has partnered with leading international travel management company ATG

Trio team up for €1 billion Paris venture

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France: Ivanhoé Cambridge and Bouwinvest Real Estate Investors alongside Greystar Real Estate Partners have launched a new venture focused on funding purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) and young professional accommodation in the Greater Paris Region.

My Place strengthens executive team

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US: My Place Hotels of America has named former EVP Matthew Campbell as chief operating officer/chief legal officer and former associate general counsel Adam Altman as the company’s general counsel.

Egypt set for branded residence boost

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Egypt: A raft of international brands are planning to expand in the Egyptian branded residential sector, joining the likes of Four Seasons, Safir, Hilton and InterContinental.

Out in the open

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Awareness of mental health issues, and the sheer number of people they affect, has risen tremendously over the last few years.

The bubble has burst

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It's sad to have to report on the ultimate demise of Stay Alfred, even though the news was not unexpected.

Solid State

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As the financial impact of the pandemic on the hospitality and travel sectors becomes more apparent, there has been talk in a number of countries about the nationalisation of certain companies which have been propped up with huge amounts of government support.

Latest Studio 6 property opens in Texas

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US: G6 Hospitality, owner, operator and franchisor of the Studio 6 extended stay brand has announced the opening of a new-build Studio 6 in Katy, Texas.

Cuckooz ceases trading

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UK: London serviced apartment operator Cuckooz has closed its doors due to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Quay Apartments wins Prestige Hotel Award

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UK: Quay Apartments, which operates 14 units in Clarence House in Newport, has been named Best Serviced Apartment in South Wales and Cardiff for 2020 in the Prestige Hotel Awards.

Essex aparthotel plans refused

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UK: Plans for a £6 million aparthotel, shops and restaurant complex in Clacton town centre have been dismissed by a planning inspector.

Watkins Jones reopens BTR and student housing sites

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UK: BTR and student housing developer Watkins Jones says most of its UK construction sites are now operating at 75 per cent of normal capacity, following the restarting of work after the coronavirus lockdown.

A leftfield launch

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Sometimes a brand launch comes at you from leftfield, and a concept that you would never have considered comes to life before your eyes.

Follow the money

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In extraordinary times, it's always fascinating to see where the smart money goes.

Hoping for a V

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It's not often that a press release from an industry body contains the word "dire" but the GBTA has been very candid when announcing the results of its latest flash poll of members.

What next for Airbnb?

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The effects of the coronavirus pandemic have been felt keenly across the hospitality sector, but nowhere more so than at Airbnb. SAN editor George Sell looks at how it has been affected and the potential implications for the serviced apartment sector.

Quick Q&A: Sam Nazarian, sbe

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Sam Nazarian, founder and CEO of sbe talks to SAN about launching the Hyde Living aparthotel brand in Europe, and what the Coronavirus pandemic has taught him.

Up close and personal with Lina Abdullah, Oakwood

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In the latest of a regular series, we find out what makes some of the leading figures in the serviced apartment and aparthotel sectors tick. This time, we speak to Lina Abdullah, Serviced Apartment Awards Rising Star winner and regional general manager, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand at Oakwood.

Apache funds Edinburgh BTR project

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UK: Apache Capital Partners and Harrison Street’s UK multifamily housing platform are funding a £215 million build-to-rent development in Edinburgh.

Up close and personal with Bill Barnett, C9 Hotelworks Company

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In the latest of a regular series, we find out what makes some of the leading figures in the serviced apartment and aparthotel sectors tick. This time, we speak to Bill Barnett, branded residence expert and managing director of C9 Hotelworks Company.

The lie of the land: Serviced Apartment News operator survey

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Global: Serviced Apartment News polled 36 operators of varying size from around the world to see how they were coping with the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on business, as well as asking them for any ideas, tips or strategies which are helping them in the current situation.

Red Roof offers day rates to remote workers

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US: Red Roof, which operates the HomeTowne Studios brand, is introducing day rates for remote workers in response to pandemic-enforced changes to the working environment.

Global inventory hits 1.25 million units

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UK: The eighth edition of the Global Serviced Apartments Industry Report (GSAIR), estimates that worldwide serviced apartment supply has increased by 14.75 per cent since 2018 to 1,254,743 units.

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Amid the mayhem that that the coronavirus outbreak is wreaking on hospitality, and all the distress it is causing around the world, it has been heartening to see individuals and companies doing the best they can under the circumstances - being honest, being realistic and being responsible.

Willis to step down from Chatham role

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US: Chatham Lodging Trust, a hospitality real estate investment trust (REIT) that invests in upscale extended-stay hotels, has announced that chief investment officer Peter Willis is stepping down from the company.

Kerten Hospitality to open Jordan aparthotel

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Jordan: Dubai-based mixed-use operator Kerten Hospitality has signed a management agreement with Ayla Oasis Development Company to open the Cloud7 Residence Ayla Aqaba in June 2020.

Adagio celebrates year of growth

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France: Aparthotels Adagio says 2019 marked a year of exceptional performance for the brand, including seven openings in four countries and an additional 17 aparthotel signings.

Limehome secures €21 million to fund growth

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Germany: Hospitality startup Limehome has secured a further €21 million from existing investors to develop its proptech platform and to continue scaling in Germany and Europe.

IHG launches new extended stay concept in Europe

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Netherlands: Cycas Hospitality has signed a lease agreement with Van der Linde Architecten and Development company to manage IHG’s first Holiday Inn Express & Suites property in Europe.

Co-living making the headlines

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Co-living is making the headlines across the hospitality and real estate industry, and it is certainly having an affect on the way players in the serviced apartment sector are thinking.

Green light for Glasgow aparthotel

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UK: Developer Caledon Properties Ltd has been granted planning permission for a 157-bed aparthotel, public house and retail units in the city’s Trongate area.

Airbnb sues Hernandez over Niido deal

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US: Airbnb has filed a lawsuit against NGD Homesharing and its CEO Harvey Hernandez, claiming it stole funds and made unauthorised loans to other companies.

Yays signs The Hague apartments

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Netherlands: Yays has signed a long-term lease agreement for 53 serviced apartments at the Koninginnegracht in The Hague.

Shama to add two Bangkok properties in 2020

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Thailand: Shama Serviced Apartments by ONYX Hospitality Group is doubling its presence in the Thai capital by adding Phrom Phong and Yen Akat to its portfolio in 2020.

Event review: RECHARGE 2020 Barcelona

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Spain: Hospitality and real estate professionals from around Europe braved the might of Storm Gloria for the third staging of International Hospitality Media's uniquely collaborative RECHARGE event.

Up close and personal with Aaron Lee, Dash Living

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In the latest of a regular series, we find out what makes some of the leading figures in the serviced apartment and aparthotel sectors tick. This time, we speak to Aaron Lee, CEO and founder of Hong Kong-based serviced apartment, hotel and co-living operator Dash Living.

Vision adds Lucerne apartments

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Switzerland: VISIONAPARTMENTS has opened its conversion of the former Hotel Fox in Lucerne, adding 60 apartments to its portfolio.