Ascott's global portfolio crosses 100k units

A Harris Vertu hotel in Indonesia, one of the brands under Tauzia Hotel Management. Ascott has partnered Tauzia to enter the fast-growing middle-class business hotel segment in Indonesia as part of its strategic expansion plan.
A Harris Vertu hotel in Indonesia, one of the brands under Tauzia Hotel Management. Ascott has partnered Tauzia to enter the fast-growing middle-class business hotel segment in Indonesia as part of its strategic expansion plan.PHOTO: THE ASCOTT

CapitaLand's serviced residence arm, The Ascott, has secured contracts for 26 properties with over 4,600 units across 11 countries, the group announced yesterday.

Of these properties, half will be established in China from this year to 2023, and one is slated to open in Singapore this year. The new additions will boost Ascott's portfolio to more than 100,000 units, and mark a second consecutive year of growth.

"Ascott has been on a strong growth trajectory, crossing over 100,000 units to close a second year of record expansion," said Ascott chief executive officer Kevin Goh.

"Ascott's portfolio grew twice as fast in 2017 over 2016, and even more so in 2018, adding over 30,000 units across 189 properties, the largest number of units in a single year. The strategic moves we made in the last few years have helped Ascott achieve an unprecedented growth momentum."

Mr Goh said these include investments in Quest Apartment Hotels in Australasia to grow Ascott's franchise business, and in Synergy Global Housing, a leading corporate housing provider in the US; its partnership with Tauzia Hotel Management in Indonesia to enter the fast-growing middle-class business hotel segment; and the joint venture with Huazhu Hotels Group and CJIA Apartments Group to grow the Citadines brand in China.

Separately, Ascott has entered the Netherlands with the signing of Citadines Sloterdijk Station Amsterdam, a franchised property.

Ascott's global footprint now extends to 172 cities across 33 countries, and the company is seeking to expand its presence in India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and the United Kingdom, among other countries.

Of the 26 newly secured properties, four Citadines properties in China are secured under Ascott's strategic alliance with Nasdaq-listed Huazhu, one of China's leading hotel operators, and Huazhu's subsidiary CJIA.

Ascott will manage Huazhu's first property outside China. Located at 11 Penang Lane, the 81-room Ji Hotel Orchard Singapore will span a gross floor area of over 32,000 sq ft and is a short walk from Dhoby Ghaut MRT station.

Mr Goh noted that the company has forged other alliances with leading developers in markets including China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand, that will allow Ascott to gain access to a pipeline of quality projects, fast-track its expansion and boost its fee income.

"Ascott's fee income will increase exponentially as we continue to go on this accelerated growth path to open more new properties. These various engines of growth will place Ascott in a prime position to achieve our target of 160,000 units worldwide by 2023," he added.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 22, 2019, with the headline 'Ascott's global portfolio crosses 100k units'. Print Edition | Subscribe