Ascott Signs First Citadines Aparthotel in South Korea

Travel News Asia Videos Podcasts Latest Travel News Asia Thursday, 20 November 2014

Ascott has secured a contract to manage its first Citadines Aparthotel in South Korea.

The 468-unit Citadines Haeundae Busan will be Ascotts first serviced residence in Busan and its largest property globally when it opens in the second half of 2015.

Citadines Haeundae Busan will be situated in the prime Haeundae area, close to BEXCO one of South Koreas largest exhibition and convention centres.

A transportation hub consisting of a metro station, railway station and bus terminal is located next to the serviced residence, enabling guests to reach any part of the city effortlessly.

For travel outside of the city, the KTX train station and Busan Gimhae International Airport are within a 20-minute and 40-minute drive respectively.

Citadines Haeundae Busan will be part of an integrated development that also houses retail shops and a cinema. The property will feature stylish studios and one-bedroom apartments as well as facilities including gymnasium, rooftop garden, laundry room and breakfast lounge.

Mr Lee Chee Koon, Ascotts Chief Executive Officer, said, Ascotts first serviced residence in South Korea, Somerset Palace Seoul, has been doing well since its opening in 2005. We have been looking for opportunities to expand our presence in the market and see great potential in introducing our Citadines brand in South Korea. While Somerset Serviced Residence caters to expatriate families, Citadines Aparthotel provides an ideal home for independent travellers, with comfortable spaces and a flexible menu of services that guests can choose from to suit their lifestyle needs.

He added: Busan is South Korea's second largest metropolis after Seoul. It is home to the worlds fifth busiest seaport and is a leading tourist destination in South Korea. There is a growing expatriate community working in the shipbuilding, oil and gas, automotive and electronic manufacturing industries in Busan. Haeundae Beach, where Citadines Haeundae Busan is located, is also Koreas largest beach and attracts throngs of visitors each summer. As the first international brand of serviced residence in Busan, Citadines Haeundae Busan will enjoy strong demand for quality accommodation from the continued influx of expatriates, business travellers and tourists to the city.

Since Ascott fully acquired the Citadines chain of aparthotels in Europe in 2004 and brought it to Asia in 2006, it has been expanding the brand aggressively to key cities. With the addition of Citadines Haeundae Busan, Ascott has grown its Citadines network to 79 properties across 49 cities worldwide.

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