Ascott Reports Record Year; Adds Over 14,200 Units Across 71 Properties in 2020

(12 Jan 2021)
Ascott added over 14,200 units across 71 properties
globally in 2020, exceeding the number of units secured in 2019
and marking a fourth consecutive year of record growth for the
company.

In China, Ascott has also achieved an 80%
year-on-year growth in units when compared to 2019.

The new properties secured will boost Ascott’s
annual fee income by over S$27 million as they progressively open
and stabilise.

Since October 2020, Ascott has added more than 4,900
units across 23 properties. This includes over 3,800 units across
17 properties in China. Ascott will make its first foray into the
city of Yangzhou while expanding in other cities such as Beijing,
Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen and
Wuhan.


Among the newly secured properties are two rental housing
properties in Shanghai and Hangzhou, marking Ascott’s increased
presence in China’s high growth rental housing sector. As China
continues to urbanise, an estimated 252 million tenants will make
up a RMB3 trillion rental market by 2025.

Outside of China, Ascott has sealed contracts for
over 1,000 new units across 6 properties. They are in markets such
as Doha, Qatar; Manila, Philippines; Singapore; Sydney, Australia;
as well as Binh Duong and Danang in Vietnam where Ascott will
introduce its first lyf co-living property and first Citadines
Connect business hotel in the country.

Mr Kevin Goh, CapitaLand’s Chief Executive Officer
for Lodging and Ascott’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “COVID19
has validated the resilience of Ascott’s business model as
property owners continue to sign new management and franchise
contracts with us, allowing us to achieve our fourth consecutive
year of record growth in 2020. Through these new contracts, we
continue to build our future recurring fee income stream. In 2021,
over 80 properties with about 17,000 units are slated to open
across the world. This includes over 70 properties with more than
15,000 units in Asia Pacific which is expected to lead the global
economic recovery. We will continue to look for opportunities to
expand our presence through management contracts, franchises,
strategic alliances, and stand ready to seize good investment
opportunities.”

Mr Tan Tze Shang, Ascott’s Managing Director for
China and Head of Business Development for China, said, “Ascott’s
business in China continues to lead our global expansion. We have
achieved record growth in new units and about half of the
properties opened globally are in China. In key cities, our
properties such as Ascott Heng Shan Shanghai, Ascott Aden
Shenzhen, Ascott IFC Guangzhou, and Raffles City Residence
Beijing, have strong average occupancy rate of over 90%.

In 2021,
we are slated to open three lyf co-living properties in Hangzhou,
Shanghai and Xi’an to cater to the fast-expanding demographic of
millennial and millennial-minded customers. The first of our three
rental housing properties in China is also slated to open in
Hangzhou in 3Q 2021. These new lodging options will enable Ascott
to expand our customer reach and product offerings to business
partners in China.

 “Ascott’s expansion into the rental
housing segment taps on the growing demand from young, mobile
workers as well as returning students from abroad who are looking
to rent quality fully furnished homes in the tier one and tier two
cities on a long-term basis in China. We have also infused new
technologies into the more traditional rental housing sector by
enabling our guests to pay rent and utilities, submit requests and
book facilities digitally to increase guest satisfaction and
improve operational efficiency.”

In 2020, Ascott opened 25 new properties adding
over 3,900 units to its global inventory. This includes the
opening of 10 properties with more than 1,800 units in China. In
the last quarter of 2020, new properties were opened in Australia,
China and Thailand

The new properties include Quest Ballarat
Station, Quest Preston and Quest Wangaratta in Australia; as well
as Citadines Yunlong Lake Xuzhou and Tujia Somerset Yunlong Lake
Xuzhou in China.

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