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October 20, 2011

The Apartment Service Go Karting with ITM by Bard Vos

The Apartment Service was represented last week on Thursday (13th October) at a Go Karting Event organised by the Institute for Travel and Meetings (ITM). Although we were tipped as the favourites, we narrowly missed a podium spot. Our team however with Jostein Smeby, Sean Briggs, Oyinda Kasumu and captain Mario Erro (alias the Super Mario Brothers and Sister) had a great evening and "we like to thank the ITM for inviting us."

Sean, Oyinda, Jostein and Mario looking the part!!


April 28, 2011

Help for Heroes - Dress Down Day at The Apartment Service by Bard Vos

As part of our ongoing charity commitment to celebrate our 30th Anniversary, the 22nd April (the day before St. George´s Day) was dedicated to Help For Heroes. The Apartment Service had a dress down day and all staff came to the office in their non-work attire.  

The charity Help For Heroes was founded in 2007 by Bryn and Emma Parry and a group of friends to help those men and women who have been injured in conflicts around the globe since 9/11. The charity benefits the Navy, the Army and the Royal Airforce.

The charity is supported by a host of well known people and HRH Prince William said during the opening of the Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court in June 2010:

"Very occasionally, perhaps once or twice in a generation, something or someone pops up to change the entire landscape. Help 4 Heroes is one such phenomenon. What it has achieved here at Headley Court is, in truth, but the tip of the iceberg."

 

H4H at a glance:

* It is a young charity, founded in 2007

* We support those wounded in the service of our country since 9/11

* Rely heavily on (largely) volunteer network

* Not political, Not critical. "Just getting on with the job"

* Effective. Raised £89 million in just over three years.

 

H4H key messages:

 

  • It's about 'the blokes': those men and women of our Armed Forces who have been wounded in the service of our country since 9/11.
  • H4H provides direct, practical support for our wounded. We fund projects and initiatives that make a real difference to the lives of our wounded heroes.
  • We do not seek to criticise or be political. We just want to help and we work closely with the Army, Navy and RAF to provide support where it is most needed.
  • 'Money in, money out'. We spend all that we get and all our admin costs are covered by selling H4H merchandise through Help for Heroes Trading.
  • It's about doing your bit, no matter how big or small. Every fundraiser is special to us and can make a real difference, so please keep going!

 

For more information, please visit www.helpforheroes.org.uk

 

THE APARTMENT SERVICE

Sales Support Staff - Mario Erro enjoys a day of dressing down!


April 15, 2011

Global Serviced Apartments Industry Report 2011-12 by Bard Vos

The Apartment Service, 30 this year, has started the research for the third Global Serviced Apartments Industry Report. The report is due in September 2011 and will look at the development of the serviced apartment sector and what (if any) the influence of the worldwide financial crisis has been on this development. Shortly we will be sending out a survey to around 3000 serviced apartment operators worldwide to get their views and input.

We invite anyone with any input on the subject of worldwide Serviced Apartments to engage in the conversation here. We are looking for input from all sides, i.e. serviced apartment operators, booking agents, corporate clients, travel management companies, human resource departments etc.

The 2010 report can still be accessed here. For further information on the Global Serviced Apartments Reports, to receive the 2009/10 report in PDF and/or to register your interest in a copy of the 2011/12 report, please email Bard Vos. And also, if you are a serviced apartment operator and would like to take part in the survey, but have not received a copy, you can contact me via this email address.

The Serviced Apartments industry is growing in importance and is worth talking about!!!

THE APARTMENT SERVICE

 

 


March 8, 2011

Memories of 1981 by Bard Vos

The Apartment Service was founded in 1981, in a time when people were dressing in an individual fashion with wild hair dos and many colours, tattoos were all rage and British group Bucks Fizz won the Eurovision Song Festival with “Make Your Mind Up”.

But what else happened in 1981 and who are the contemporaries of The Apartment Service? An illustrious bunch and a few names which, like The Apartment Service, have become synonymous with the products they represent. You can´t imagine life without them anymore:

There is Bloomberg, the media company founded by Michael Bloomberg, which provides up to the minute business and financial news.

From the world of sports there is JD Sports, a featured shop in many a high street across the UK for all your sport equipment and attire.

Merely a pipedream in 1981, but nowadays no office can function without them. Computer accessories, such as mice, web cams, USB sticks etc. Yes, also Logitech is turning 30 this year.

And then there are high street favourites such as Jack Wolfskin, Tie Rack and for lovers of film United International Pictures.

1981 was the year that Nintendo became huge and Hard Rock and Heavy Metal ruled the airwaves on the music front.

Movie of the year, according to the Oscar Nominations was “Chariots of Fire” with Nicholas Farrell and Nigel Havers. The film is telling the true story about track athletes from different cultures competing in the 1924 Olympics.

Ronald Reagan, himself a former film actor, became President of the United States and Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch bought the Times and the Sunday Times.

MTV, the music station was first launched in the USA and the Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe was caught.

1981 saw the first London Marathon being held with just over 6,500 runners. This year, in its anniversary year, around 40,000 people will run the race. It is one of the top 5 marathons in the world and the largest yearly single fund raising event worldwide.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles got married and housewives and teenage girls favourites Wham! belted out their first song, “Young Guns  Go For It”.

1981 has also produced a number of 30 year olds which have made their marks in various fields, be it musically or on the sport front.

Anna Kournikova, the Russian tennis player with the model looks, who has become more famous off than on the courts.

That old Disney Kids star Britney Spears, who has also had more than her fair share of headlines.

And staying on the tennis front, Wimbledon´s favourite (incidentally also home to The Apartment Service), Roger Federer, who has won the All England Lawn Tennis Championships six times until now and still going strong.

Since music is playing a big part in our 30th Anniversary Celebrations for The Apartment Service we can´t but finish off with some of those timeless favourites of which many have fond memories for a wide variety of reasons:

What about “Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes, “Tide is High”, by this epitome of Eighties fashion and music, Blondie and a personal favourite “The Winner Takes It All” by the Swedish Maestros ABBA.

On the “smooch” front there was “Endless Love” by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie and “Lady” from Kenny Rogers.

And not to forget The Police, fronted by Sting with “De do do do, de da da da”, a title maybe more suited for the Sixties!

Of course we can go on, but we won´t. Fact is that 1981 has produced some great things, companies and people still going strong today and The Apartment Service is proud to be part of this heritage.

What are your memories of 1981? Where were you at the time? Share it with us and contribute to the legacy of a great vintage!

 


February 28, 2011

Open Day - Princes House (Brighton) 16th March 2011 by Bard Vos

Please join us in our Brighton Apartments

Princes House, 169 North Street, Brighton, BN1 1EA

Morning Coffee and Pastries from 10.30am to 12.00m

or

Buffet Lunch from Noon to 3.00pm

These apartments are in a Grade One Art Deco listed building which has been sympathetically restored. Facilities include dishwasher, washing machine, video entry phone, Maple wood floors, CCTV surveillance. Parking is available in the nearby NCP car. London is accessible by train in just under an hour. 

Brighton cosmopolitan, compact, energetic, unique, fun, lively, historic, young, exotic and free-spirited, it's a city like no other. 

Please RSVP by email to Muireann King at muireannk@apartment.co.uk to confirm your appointment and time.  

The Apartment Service, 5-6 Francis Grove, London, SW19 4DT
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8944 1444   Fax: +44 (0) 20 8944 6744
 

 

 

 

 


January 28, 2011

Easyjet To Establish Lisbon Base by Esther Munoz Tong

The recent announcement that easyJet is making Lisbon one of its European hubs lead us to believe that an imminent larger choice of regional flights to Portugal’s capital city is on the way.

 

The low cost airline currently flies to Lisbon from five British airports, including Edinburgh while their new aircraft base is slated to open in winter 2011. Lisbon will become easyJet's 20th base, its first in Portugal. Already operating nearly 100 weekly flights, and according to November flight-base data, to 16 scheduled destinations. easyJet has established itself as the second largest operator in the Lisbon market, second only to the national airline of Portugal, TAP.

 

Yet another great reason to plan your next visit to this enchanting baroque town and furthermore to stay in our lovely Santos River Apartments located in the heart of Lisbon with more frequency flights and hopefully better value for regional routes within the rest of Europe.

 

Contact our Reservations Team for more information on how to book an apartment in Lisbon T: +44 (0) 20 8944 1444 or simply send us an online enquiry  


January 11, 2011

We are very excited to welcome yet another great addition to our team... by Esther Munoz Tong

Tess Smith is our newest Business Development Executive. She is a seasoned sales professional with a wide-ranging background in Hospitality and Sales, including Thompson Holidays and Expedia. Tess has a passion for travel and different cultures and customs; gained mainly, while working overseas in a number of exotic destinations. Tess has travelled extensively through India, Israel and Egypt.  

Tess is part of The Apartment Service Corporate Sales Team, further developing our business accounts and their serviced apartment’s requirements in London and worldwide.

Contact our Corporate Sales Team:  020 8944 3612


January 5, 2011

New Saco Properties in Central London and Bracknell by Esther Munoz Tong

Two New Saco Properties are now part of our portfolio of serviced apartments. Saco Spitalfields is yet another excellent and well priced alternative for corporate accommodation in The City; each -one and two bedrooms- apartment offers floor to ceiling windows, contemporary furnishings and fully equipped kitchens.

 

The area
What was once a retail backwater is now a haven for those in search of a quirky shopping experience. Here it’s the free-thinking independents not chain stores that hold sway, in a lively environment that truly deserves to be described as unique and eclectic. The programme of live music and artistic events makes Spitalfields a draw for anyone looking to eat, drink or watch the world go by. And above all, for style-conscious shoppers already captivated by nearby Brick Lane, Cheshire and Hanbury Streets, it’s an opportunity not to be missed.

 

While for those looking to rent an apartment for short or extendible periods, within easy reach of major High-Tech industries including Panasonic, Fujitsu, Hewlett Packard, Cable and Wireless, Dell, Honeywell, BMW Group and Waitrose headquarters can now book Saco Bracknell though the Apartment Service.

 

The area
Bracknell has been used in the filming of many TV shows and films, such as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Time Bandits. The town has a large leisure centre, which includes swimming and athletics facilities, whilst there is also the Coral Reef Water Park, the Downshire Golf Complex, the Bracknell Lawn Tennis Club and the Royal County of Berkshire Club. The John Nike Leisure Sport Complex houses a dry ski slope and an ice rink, and there are 2,600 acres of Crown Estate woodland at the Look Out Discovery Centre.


November 26, 2010

Your Home in Madrid by Esther Munoz Tong

As you may know, the Apartment Service has teamed up with a group of relocation experts in Madrid to offer a brand new accommodation solution in the heart of the gastronomic capital of Spain. One of our new business development executive, paid a short visit to Apartamentos Sandoval a few days ago, here are his thoughts:

The Sandoval Apartments were very beautiful and I enjoyed the local vicinity. I stopped at the local Carrefour which was very busy... When I heard a lady exclaim “mañana” and then left the store, I should have taken the hint but I decided to try the Spanish shopping experience. Which I can confirm was worthwhile as I picked up a very nice bottle of Rioja and some great food. It’s the little things in life.

The general area around the apartments was excellent and I can confidently promote the features, advantages and benefits of staying at Sandoval. I did manage to visit Opera, Callao, Sol, Gran Via and the Savilla areas... I loved the atmosphere and how accessible everything is in Madrid, so I’m looking forward to coming back for a longer stay in the future.’   

Enough said. Everyone in the office is currently firing emails to our Managing Director to find out when it’s our turn to “sample” first hand Apartamentos Sandoval in Madrid...

 


February 25, 2010

Online Serviced Apartment Bookings Into Overdrive by Bard Vos

The Apartment Service (TAS) announces that their extensive in-house online booking system has, this month, been made available on the TAS public website via www.apartmentservice.com .

 

The number of serviced apartments available worldwide now totals over 520,000 and that many of these can now be booked in real time at the best available rates.

 

And more and more inventory is being added each week enabling immediate online bookings.

 

TAS has 29 years experience as a booking agent for serviced apartments worldwide for any length of stay and also as a provider of fully furnished corporate serviced apartment accommodation - TAS now offers one of the largest, widest ranging selections of serviced apartments worldwide.

 

Booking a serviced apartment anywhere in the world has never been so easy, time saving and convenient. Just visit our website and search for availability putting in the dates of your stay. You will then receive a selection of properties which are bookable online. When clicking on the property, you will get a choice of best available rates and their booking conditions. Choose which one suits you, complete your details and the booking is made. In an instant you will receive your confirmation.

Feel free to contact us for more information, or why not start booking your serviced apartment accommodation now online on www.apartmentservice.com.


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