Subject: Friend, season's greeting to all our readers, the art of long-stay hospitality, KSA's evolving market and more

 Newsletter December 21: season's greetings
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The art of catering to long-stay clients
In the fourth of a series of reports from Germany, Michael Blind, managing director of SMARTments business, explains the specific planning and operational skills required in a serviced apartment development. Read more...


BridgeStreet hires John Hile as CRO


US: BridgeStreet has named Jon Hile as the company's chief revenue officer.



OBASA Hospitality acquires IBC Hospitality Technologies


US: OBASA Hospitality has acquired Phoenix-based all-in-one software creator and services platform, IBC Hospitality Technologies (IBC).



Ascott sees changing guest profile in KSA


KSA: Ascott has put together a report into the changing dynamics of guest profiles in Saudi Arabia.



Brera strengthens revenue and sales teams


Germany: Brera Serviced Apartments has appointed Bastian Daeullary as revenue manager and Camilla Dell´Aversano as sales manager.



Season's greetings

• Welcome to the last SAN newsletter of 2018, a year that has seen our sector take some big strides to becoming a mainstream element of the hospitality sector.

Here in the UK, the £430 million acquisition of SACO by US asset management giant Brookfield was a significant milestone, representing not only the biggest transaction to date by a wide margin, but the first time both buyer and seller in a major deal were US investment houses.

In the US, forward thinking companies are evolving from the traditional serviced apartment and corporate housing models - BridgeStreet's bold transformation in to a distribution platform has been fascinating to watch, and RESIDE Worldwide's plan for organic and M&A growth to encompass a broad range of accommodation offers has also been noteworthy.

In Asia, the sector is growing at a phenomenal pace, particularly in China, and the continued rise of the design-led aparthotel is a trend that I think will continue in to next year.

2019 will, if anything, be even more eventful than this year, and here at IHM, we are certainly kicking the year off with a bang - with ground-breaking events in Berlin, Bangkok, the Serviced Apartment Awards in London and Serviced Apartment Summit Americas New York in the first four months of the year.

I'd like to wish all our readers a wonderful festive season and a happy new year. We will be back with our next newsletter on Tuesday January 8.

George Sell, editor, Serviced Apartment News

Event review: 2018 ASAP convention

SAN editor George Sell reports from the 2018 ASAP convention in London.


Serviced apartments: the investment angle


Simon Behr, director of sales at German developer GBI AG, looks at how serviced apartments have become a preferred type of investment and what makes them so attractive.




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