For stays of a day, a week, a month or a year, serviced apartments (also known in the sector as Aparthotels, corporate housing or extended stay housing) offer a spacious, flexible and cost effective alternative to restrictive hotel rooms, with an average saving of 15 - 30% on an equivalent standard hotel.    more

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June 8, 2015

Global Serviced Apartments Industry Report (GSAIR) 2015-16: Now available by Bard Vos

The 5th edition of the GSAIR was published during the Business Travel Show in London in February. It is the largest and most comprehensive report to date, and contributions have been made by more than 40 global industry experts. The report can be read online here. Alternatively a complimentary hard copy or a PDF version of the report can be requested by sending an email to GSAIR@apartmentservice.com 


November 20, 2012

My Business Trip to Warsaw by Bard Vos & Maggy Sainsbury

During the month of October, I went on a Business Trip to the amazing Capital of Poland- Warsaw. Warsaw is the largest city of Poland and it has nearly 3 million residents. Warsaw is one of the fastest developing cities in The European Union and its financial centre hosts the headquarters of many banks and companies, and this offers great business opportunities. The city had to be rebuilt after being extensively damaged during the World War II but nowadays, there is a big industrial potential and an interesting telecommunication infrastructure.

I have had the pleasure to stay with Apartments Apart which is a great serviced apartment provider established in Warsaw as well as offering serviced accommodation other key cities destinations in Europe. The apartments are in excellent location and a great quality/ price ratio. I have also had the chance to meet up with other serviced apartments providers such as Intercontinental and extended stay suppliers such as Mamaison. Finally, I have met with a Relocation agent and a Real Estate Network agent. Their local expertise about products and services can help us in case we need to do a CAS (Complete Accommodation Solutions) for an area in demand in which we don’t have partners. At The Apartment Service, we are always listening to your needs so we can provide you innovative accommodation solutions.

Joaquin Cababie
International Corporate Housing Coordinator
The Apartment Service


June 25, 2012

My business trip to Paris by Bard Vos & Maggy Sainsbury

This June I went to Paris on a business trip,thecapital and largest city ofFrance located onthe riverSeine.Paris, the world's most popular city destination and has plenty of must-see places. Among them: Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, Champs- Elysees or Versailles Palace.With millions tourists annually in the city,Paris is themost visited city in the world. However Paris isALSOtoday one of the world's leadingbusiness centers, and its influences inpolitics,education,fashionand thearts contribute to its status as one of the world's majorglobal cities. The business district is situated in La Defense where major hotel brands operate and compete.
This time I have had the pleasure to stay in an Adagio property. Adagio Montmartre is situated near the Sacre Coeur, an amazing apartment in a unique location with great views of the whole of Paris. I would definitely recommend these apartments to anyone staying for business or leisure purposes.
Joaquin Cababie
 
International Property Coordinator- Suppliers
 
The Apartment Service
 
 
5-6 Francis Grove, Wimbledon, London, SW19 4DT
 
 
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June 18, 2012

Staff Introductions - June 2012 / Javier Serrano - BDE Roomspace Serviced Apartments by Bard Vos

 

 

Hi, my name is Javier Serrano and I am originally from Madrid, Spain. I am graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a BA (Honours) Degree in Hospitality & Business Management, and I have recently finished my MBA at the EOI Business School in Madrid. I have gained experience over the last 2 years in Business Development and I have over 9 years experience within the Hospitality and Tourism Industry.

 

Back in London I have been working over five years in a four star hotel chain where I learnt, evolved and grown as a staff member and as part of the management team of the company. My last positions were as Guest Relations Manager, Assistant Reception Manager and Catering Manager among others. In addition to my University studies I have also completed different training in Hospitality and Business which have enhanced and improved my managerial skills, including; Time Management & Delegation, Coaching, Recruiting & Selection and Appraisal Skills for operatives.

 

I have also worked for an airlines company at the Madrid airport for over three years where I had the chance to improve my business knowledge in different areas having the opportunity, along with another four supervisors that accompanied me along the research and implementation of the different tasks and processes, to create and consolidate a new department with regards to the Cargo business functions of the company I was working for.

 

I just moved back to London again in February 2012, and three months after I joined the Apartment Service. The atmosphere is great and I look forward to the challenges ahead and the experience and knowledge I will gain from all the team at The Apartment Service. 

 

The opportunity to work abroad and to deal with different cultures and work environments are of great interest in my professional and personal development. 

 

 


June 15, 2012

Staff Introductions - June 2012 / Lucia Abela - Guest Liaison Executive by Bard Vos

My name is Lucia, some of you already know me from working here before a year ago - I worked for a long time in reservations and then moved over as a Corporate Development Consultant. I then left (stupidly) and have now returned with a vengeance. 

I am now a Guest Liaison Executive and deal with arrival and departure confirmations / anything that Mario needs a hand with and when Mario is not here to deal with any complaints. 

I am very pleased to be back and to see familiar faces and some new ones too! Watch this space!!!

 

Lucia 


June 15, 2012

Staff Introductions - June 2012 / Marcelo de Souza Marinho - Sales Support by Bard Vos

I am from Brazil. I have worked in the hotel business  since I came to England in 1996. From 2008-2011 I returned to Brazil to Recife, but came back to London last year in May. 

I have a degree in sport and science and enjoy watching and practicing any sport. I speak Spanish, Portuguese and English. I love Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese and Brazilian food and I have 2 dogs and a cat. I love carnival too and the world cup. Music wise I am very eclectic. 

Marcelo Marinho


June 14, 2012

Staff Introductions - June 2012 / Gary Mehmet (Account Manager Agents) by Bard Vos

Hi there.

 

I have just joined the Apartment Service team as an Account Manager-Agents.

 

I am excited to be part of the team and really looking forward to the challenge of further developing the relationships in place with our Agency partners. My background is very much hotel based. My career started in 2001, after graduating from the University of Brighton with a BA Hons-International Hospitality Management. My first position back then, was as a graduate trainee manager for 4* Hilton Bracknell, Berkshire. I gained some very valuable operations experience at this hotel and met some wonderful people, many are still close friends of mine today. During this period, I worked in various departments including Reservations, Front desk, Meetings and Events, Food and Beverage and Guest Relations, all of which helped me to gain an insight into how complex a hotel operation can be.

 

After two years, following the recommendations of my General Manager, John Hunt, I made a decision to move away from operations and into the world of sales.

 

Over the past 9 years I have worked hard to gain experience in sales. I have been fortunate to work for some strong brands including Best Western Hotels, Jurys Inn and Millennium and Copthorne Hotels.

 

I have worked my way from Sales researcher to Sales executive to Corporate Sales Manager and Regional Sales Manager and I have experience working with Leisure and Corporate markets.

 

My most recent position has been as an Account Director for Millennium Gloucester and Baileys, South Kensington with a joint turnover of £30M.

 

On a personal note, I am married to Leanne Mehmet (Senior Corporate Sales Manager for Qatar Airlines) and we have two children together; Samuel Gary Mehmet 5 years old and Ava Leanne Mehmet (5 months).

 

 

Kind regards

 

 

 

 

Gary Mehmet


May 16, 2012

The Apartment Service at the Totally Expat Show - 14 May 2012 by Kylie Mann

 

The Apartment Service once again exhibited at the 3rd Annual London Totally Expat Show on Monday. This year it was held in a new location at the Business Design Centre, which was bright, airy and easily accessible from Angel Underground Station. It was a delight arriving at 8am to find our stand had already been delivered. After setting up the TAS stand we had time for a quick coffee and a chat, with familiar faces we had seen at EuRA a few weeks before.

 

 

The exhibition opened at 10am and as always it was well attended and the TAS stand was constantly buzzing. We had a brilliant stand located in the centre of the exhibition which allowed easy access to network with both our existing and new Global Mobility clients. The Totally Expat show is not only a great opportunity for TAS to interact with like minded professionals, but to also attend seminars to further enhance our knowledge of the industry that we have a strong passion for.

We look forward to exhibiting again next year!

 

Kylie Mann

The Apartment Service 

 

Sales Manager Sara Calvo - ready to receive visitors to the Apartment 

Service stand. 

 

For a full set of pictures of the Totally Expat Show, please click here


May 1, 2012

The Apartment Service at EuRA 2012 - Stockholm by Bard Vos & Maggy Sainsbury

 

The Apartment Service attended EURA 2012 in Stockholm in full force.  This year we had a stand in the exhibition hall so we could network every day and make new business relationships.  

Having great business partners is what makes us successful and it’s important for us to keep up with what is going on in the relocation industry.  We must always nurture our relationship with all the different agents worldwide where temporary accommodation is a one of its many priorities.

There were some great evening events laid on for us to mingle and socialise.  The food and wine flowed and everyone has left with great memories and new opportunities. Looking forward to next year in Bucharest…..

 


April 4, 2012

London Chamber of Commerce & Industry Life Expo by Bard Vos

Our Sales team (represented by Sara, Tess & Renata) exhibited at the London Chambers of Commerce and Industry life Expo on Monday 2nd April. The event was the first of its kind held at the fabulous etc Venues in St Pauls.

LCCI Life Expo has been specifically designed to provide LCCI Premier Plus members with a fantastic opportunity to promote products and services to a targeted audience of guests who book hotels, venues, restaurants, corporate travel and entertainment.

It proved to be a great networking evening where we were able to catch up with our industry partners as well as talk directly to business travel buyers who stopped by our stand. There was a great atmosphere and it seemed to attract the right kind of buyer.

We hope to be invited to the next one…….

 

Sara, Tess & Renata


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