CapitaLand’s wholly owned lodging business unit, The Ascott Limited (Ascott), has secured contracts for another 26 properties with over 4,600 units across 18 cities and 11 countries. The new additions boost its portfolio to over 100,000 units. This marks a second consecutive year of record growth for Ascott with the addition of over 30,000 units across 189 properties in 2018, making it one of the fastest growing global players in the lodging industry. Ascott has entered the Netherlands market with the signing of Citadines Sloterdijk Station Amsterdam, a franchised property in Amsterdam. It has also expanded its presence in China, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. Ascott’s global footprint now extends to 172 cities across 33 countries.
Kevin Goh, Ascott’s CEO, said: “Ascott has been on a strong growth trajectory, crossing over 100,000 units to close a second year of record expansion. 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.
In the Middle East and Turkey, Ascott has secured contracts for three properties with over 500 units in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Istanbul, Turkey. Citadines Nivo Istanbul and Citadines Maslak Istanbul are both under management contracts while Citadines Metro Central Dubai is under a franchise agreement.