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The Ascott reaches milestone 35,000 serviced apartment units

The Ascott reaches milestone 35,000 serviced apartment units

Renowned serviced residences owner and operator The Ascott Limited, a wholly-owned unit of Singapore’s CapitaLand, recently announced that it has surpassed 35,000 units, spanning 82 cities in 24 countries, since gaining its latest settlements in China.

Serviced apartments sector on the rise in Asia-Pacific

Serviced apartments sector on the rise in Asia-Pacific

The serviced residences sector is becoming increasingly popular among investors and clients in several Asia-Pacific markets, where developers and operators are expanding their reach in the niche segment.

Banyan Tree targets wealthy Chinese for Gold Coast mixed-use project

Banyan Tree targets wealthy Chinese for Gold Coast mixed-use project

Singapore-based hotel developer Banyan Tree Group recently acquired a two-block beachfront property in Australia’s Gold Coast to build a luxury resort hotel targeting wealthy Chinese investors and tourists.

DAMAC announces new luxury projects

DAMAC announces new luxury projects

DAMAC Properties, one of the Middle East’s leading luxury real estate developers, unveiled its latest projects amidst speculation of a potential property bubble in Dubai.

Five-star Shangri-La property rises near the Himalayas

Five-star Shangri-La property rises near the Himalayas

Hong Kong-based luxury hotel developer Shangri-La recently announced the opening of its latest mixed-use branded property in Tibet, also known as the ‘roof of the world’.

Oakwood opens luxury apartments in Central London

Oakwood opens luxury apartments in Central London

Oakwood Worldwide, a Los Angeles, California-based provider of luxury serviced apartments, recently launched its latest Central London property as part of its expansion in the United Kingdom.

Market round-up

Market round-up

A slowdown expected in Malaysian market, serviced apartments in Bangkok, big declines in Singapore’s RCR in this week’s Market round-up.

CapitaLand’s Ascott enters the Myanmar market

CapitaLand’s Ascott enters the Myanmar market

Singapore-based serviced residences operator The Ascott Ltd announced that it has secured a contract to manage its first property in Myanmar as it celebrates its 30th anniversary.

Special Report: At your service… at home

Special Report: At your service… at home

The average occupancy rate at selected serviced apartments was 72 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2011, an improvement from 70 per cent in the previous quarter and 66 per cent a year earlier. Average room rates per night during the fourth quarter was RM277 (US$90), a decline from the RM288 (US$94) recorded in the previous quarter.

Puteri Bay in Malaysia

Iskandar demand looks good for next decade, experts say

Iskandar props up Johor, and Singapore props up Iskandar. At least, that seems to be the consensus among property agents in the region, who expect that despite a slew of launches, the market will remain strong in the near term. “It is a cyclical industry. There could be an oversupply but this will not be [...]

One of many serviced apartments in Malaysia (Fraser Place Kuala Lumpur).

In Malaysia, serviced apartments see growth, but declining service

Serviced apartments are becoming a bigger piece of the property pie, but some complain that the term has become a catch-all for any apartment over a commercial property, and many so-called service apartments offer very little service. According to new data from the Real Estate and Housing Developers’ Association of Malaysia’s Rehda Institute, serviced apartments will [...]

Chinese business men and women cause increased demand for serviced apartments.

Chinese residential markets slowing overall with high-end and serviced apartment segments faring better

Demand for serviced apartments has picked up as companies continue to grow their operations in China, said Savills in a recent report on the forecast of the China real estate market. The report further added that international companies are still cost conscious when it comes to budgets only increasing them as much as is necessary [...]

Saigon Village is a serviced apartment complex in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Vietnam’s serviced apartment market faces hurdles, but growth

Despite a real estate quagmire in Vietnam, the serviced apartment market appears stable and could emerge strongly from the economic downturn, CB Richard Ellis analysts said. CBRE Vietnam managing director Marc Townsend presented the company’s December report at the “Vietnam Serviced Apartment Investment Conference 2011,” saying that pressures on the market include “falling rents and [...]

CapitaLand expands Ascott brand in China and Hong Kong

CapitaLand expands Ascott brand in China and Hong Kong

CapitaLand’s wholly-owned serviced residence business unit, The Ascott Limited, has clinched contracts to manage two properties in Foshan and Hong Kong SAR. The latest additions put Ascott’s portfolio in China at over 7,000 apartment units in 40 properties across 17 cities. The 186-unit premier Ascott M-City Foshan, which is Ascott’s first serviced residence in Foshan, [...]

Amari extends its brand with Bangkok Residences opening

Amari extends its brand with Bangkok Residences opening

Thailand hotel brand Amari is set to extend its brand with the planned October opening of its Amari Residences Bangkok.

Thailand Property: Ascott makes it eight properties  in Bangkok

Thailand Property: Ascott makes it eight properties in Bangkok

Alfred Ong, Ascott’s Managing Director for Southeast Asia and Australia, says average occupancy in the company’s Thailand properties is above 80 per cent.

Vietnam Property: Strong interest at Inter Continental Asiana

Deputy General Director Tash Tobias of the Vietnam serviced residence said strong interest, as well as contracts in the pipeline from potential tenants, were expected to lead to full occupancy by the year end.

Bangkok faces glut in serviced apartments

Bangkok faces glut in serviced apartments

Bangkok’s Sukhumvit Road could be facing an over-supply of serviced apartments as occupancy rates for existing apartments fell to 78 percent in the first half of this year, according to Colliers International Thailand, the real estate service provider.