Ascott Garners Seven Awards In China In Three Weeks

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To date 12 awards in China for brand and operational excellence.

Ascott is the leading serviced residence brand. It has maintained excellent product and service standards so it comes as no surprise that it should clinch the TravelWeekly China Award for 'Best Serviced Residence Group in China'. The win, with strong endorsement from the travel trade, is testament to the fact that Ascott is the premium brand in China

CapitaLand's wholly-owned serviced residence unit, The Ascott Group (Ascott), has garnered seven awards for brand and operational excellence in China within a short span of three weeks. The accolades were from leading travel and business publications and trade bodies, namely Business Traveller China magazine, TravelWeekly China and 2008 Asia Hotel Leaders Summit.

For the fourth year running, The Ascott Group's flagship brand, Ascott The Residence, was voted the 'Best Serviced Residence Brand' in China by readers of Business Traveller China. The Group's Citadines Apart'hotel also came in second runner-up in the same category. This is the first time 'Citadines Apart'hotel' is recognised for brand excellence since Ascott introduced the Citadines brand in China in 2006. And for the third consecutive year, Ascott was chosen the 'Best Serviced Residence Group in China' by readers of TravelWeekly China.

Ascott's operations in China also received four other awards at the inaugural 2008 Asia Hotel Leaders Summit held in Hong Kong. Ascott Guangzhou was awarded 'Best International Serviced Residence Brand', while Somerset Grand Fortune Garden, Beijing was awarded 'Best Apartment Hotel Brand'. The two properties' Residence Managers, Ms Mae Ng and Mr Mike Yan, were also recognised for their management skills.

Mr Gerald Lee, CEO of Ascott Hospitality, the hospitality management arm of The Ascott Group, said: "These seven awards recognise the strong reputation Ascott has built over the Group's decade-long presence in China. From our first serviced residence in Tianjin, we expanded extensively and are now the largest international serviced residence operator in China. Today, we have a portfolio of over 20 properties in more than ten cities. These awards bring our total accolades received in China this year to 12, capping a fruitful year for Ascott in China. We will continue to strengthen our position in China's key cities and expand our presence in the burgeoning secondary cities like Chongqing, Dalian and Suzhou."

Ms Peggy Teo, Group Publisher of Business Traveller China magazine, said: "In challenging times such as ours, value has become more than ever paramount to business travellers. Serviced residence providers such as The Ascott Group have long realised this and have been at the forefront of providing that welcome touch of home for those on the road, as well as
offering a raft of extra services that continue to comfort and delight customers. Going the added mile is all in a day's work for this chain."

"Ascott is the leading serviced residence brand. It has maintained excellent product and service standards so it comes as no surprise that it should clinch the TravelWeekly China Award for 'Best Serviced Residence Group in China'. The win, with strong endorsement from the travel trade, is testament to the fact that Ascott is the premium brand in China," added Mr Tis Perera, Associate Publisher of TravelWeekly China.

The other awards Ascott won in China this year include 'Best Serviced Residence Operator in China' by readers of TTG and 'The Best International Hotel Management Group of China' at the China Hotel Starlight Awards.

About Business Traveller China Awards
Business Traveller magazine is one of the world's leading travel publications, with 10 different editions including the United Kingdom, Asia Pacific and China. The different editions of the magazine run annual polls of its readers who are frequent travellers not just within the region, but around the world. The awards recognise the best in the travel industry.

About TravelWeekly China Awards
The annual TravelWeekly China Awards recognise the most outstanding performers in China's travel industry. The award selection process starts with nominations by TravelWeekly China's panel of judges from the tourism industry. The winners from each category are then selected based on the total number of votes by the magazine's readers.

About Asia Hotel Leaders Summit Awards
The inaugural Asia Hotel Leaders Summit award ceremony was organised by China's tourism bodies and industry players. The event was held together with a two-day hotel leaders' conference to discuss Asian hotel developments and issues. Ascott was the only international serviced residence operator to receive awards at the Summit.

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