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Ascott Steps Up Global Growth With 14 New Properties Including Three Lyf Coliving Properties In China, Japan And Malaysia

April 10, 2019 Hotel Developments No Comments

CapitaLand’s wholly owned lodging business unit, The Ascott Limited (Ascott), has clinched contracts to manage 14 properties with over 2,000 units across eight countries – China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and Saudi Arabia. Three of the 14 new properties are under its coliving ‘lyf’ brand, strategically located in the vibrant cities of Fukuoka in Japan, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Shanghai in China.

Under a partnership with Japanese real estate company, NTT Urban Development Corporation
– a subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, Ascott will manage lyf
Fukuoka1 as well as jointly explore serviced residence opportunities in Japan. The 131-unit lyf
property, nestled within Fukuoka’s major retail and recreational centre, is targeted to open in
2020. Meanwhile, the 160-unit lyf Hongqiao Shanghai, strategically located in the Central
Business District of Hongqiao, is set to open in 2022. lyf Raja Chulan Kuala Lumpur, which
resides within Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle, the Malaysian capital city’s commercial,
shopping and entertainment hub, is scheduled to open in 2020.

Ascott’s latest lyf properties in Fukuoka, Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai are set to enjoy a ready
catchment of corporate and leisure travellers given their prime locations in the cities’ major
commercial and recreational hubs and proximity to tech unicorn companies. With these three
new additions, Ascott has eight lyf properties with over 1,600 units under development in
Singapore, China, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. Ascott is also ramping up for
the opening of its first lyf property, lyf Funan Singapore, in the heart of the city-state’s Civic &
Cultural District, in the fourth quarter this year.

Mr Kevin Goh, Ascott’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Demand for our lyf-branded coliving
properties is gaining ground. We are bringing lyf to Fukuoka, Kuala Lumpur, and Shanghai as
the buzzing start-up ecosystems in these cities have given rise to a popular culture of living and
cocreating as a community among the millennials. Ascott’s lyf properties, with their flexible
communal spaces and social programmes, will cater to the lifestyle aspirations of creative
professionals, technopreneurs, trendsetters and millennial travellers who seek collaborative and
networking opportunities in the community.”

“Millennials already account for a quarter of Ascott’s customer base; and with our lyf brand,
we can seize opportunities presented by the booming millennial generation, set to become the
largest spending travel demographic in the near future. Besides Singapore, China, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines where we will be opening lyf properties, we are also looking to bring lyf to other potential markets including Australia, France, Germany, Indonesia, and the United Kingdom.”

The 14 new properties marked Ascott’s first foray into Changchun, the second largest city in
Northeast China, and deepened its presence in Foshan, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Shenzhen,
China; Frankfurt, Germany; Fukuoka, Japan; Gurgaon, India; Jakarta and Semarang, Indonesia;
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Pattaya, Thailand; and Al Khobar in Saudi Arabia.

Among the 14 new properties is the 100-unit Ascott Riverpark Tower Frankfurt, to be designed
by the world-famous architect Ole Scheeren. This is the first time Ascott is bringing its premier
Ascott The Residence brand to Germany. Taking on a Jenga-like structure, the serviced
residence will offer panoramic city and river views when it opens in 2022.

Meanwhile, the 118-unit Citadines Hong Quan Road Shanghai is secured under Ascott’s
strategic alliance with Nasdaq-listed Huazhu Hotels Group (Huazhu), one of China’s leading
hotel operators, and Huazhu’s subsidiary CJIA Apartments Group. Citadines Hong Quan Road
Shanghai is the sixth property under the alliance and is slated to open in 2019.

Under a strategic alliance with Ananda Development, one of Thailand’s top listed developers,
Ascott will be managing the 324-unit Somerset Blue Coast Pattaya. lyf Sukhumvit 8 Bangkok,
set to open in 2020, is also one of the properties signed under this partnership.

Mr Goh said: “We have continued to build on our strong growth momentum in the first quarter
this year and accelerated Ascott’s growth across Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East.
Besides management contracts, Ascott’s strategic alliances with market leaders such as NTT
Urban Development Corporation in Japan, Huazhu Hotels Group in China and Ananda
Development in Thailand continue to provide us with a strong pipeline of properties. In
addition to the 14 new properties, we secured our first property in Australia under our recently
launched Citadines Connect brand of select-service business hotels, extending our product
offerings to owners and customers. With our serviced residences and apartments for corporate
leasing targeting the long stay segment, to the middle-class business hotels under TAUZIA’s
brands and Citadines Connect select-service business hotels for shorter stays, we will fast-track
Ascott’s expansion to achieve our global target of 160,000 units by 2023.”

Please refer to Annex A for the details of the new properties added to Ascott’s portfolio and
Annex B for more information on the lyf brand.

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