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 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


April 13, 2012

A virtual visit to Santos River Apartments - Lisbon by Bard Vos

We have created a video of our Santos River Apartments to be able to really show what it is like staying there. To view the video click here

We of course welcome your feedback. 

For more information about Santos River Apartments, or to book your next stay, please call +351- 213 944000 or +44-(0)20-89441444 or email contact@santosapartments.com. Website: www.santosapartments.com 


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


February 3, 2012

Kylie Mann: From Oz to TAS by Bard Vos

My name is Kylie Mann and I am originally from Sydney, Australia.
Graduating from the Intercontinental Hotel School Sydney with a Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management, I gained experience over the last 6 years within the Hospitality and Tourism Industry. I began my career as a Food and Beverage Attendant at Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney and soon progressed into Rooms Division. I then moved into a Guest Service Agent role at Quest Serviced Apartments and from there became the Reservations Supervisor and Night Audit Manager. It was here that I realised my passion for Sales and moved onto working for Hamilton Island as a Trade (Agency) Reservations Consultant and then progressed to the position of Direct Reservations Consultant.

As the travel bug hit in 2011, I broadened my Hospitality and Tourism horizons and set my sights on London. I moved to London in October 2011, soon after joining the Apartment Service in December 2011 and have never looked back. 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.

I enjoy the outdoors, travelling and experiencing different cuisines and cultures.

 

 

Kylie Mann
Business Development Executive
T: +44(0)20 8944 3648
M:+44(0)74 3266 1433
F: +44(0)20 8944 6744
E: kyliem@apartment.co.uk

 


February 2, 2012

The Apartment Service leads the research into the global serviced apartments industry by Bard Vos

The Apartment Service in close co-operation with The Travel Intelligence Network (www.the-tin.com)  has published 3 issues of the Global Serviced Apartments Industry Report to date.

The first edition came out in February 2008 and contained an overview of "What is a serviced apartment", Industry views and Expert views. We also started the documentation of the total number of serviced apartments worldwide.

In 2008 the total number of apartments uncovered was 452,051.

The second report was published in February 2010 in the time that the world was in economic recession. The sector remained optimistic about the future and this was also highlighted by an increase in the total number of documented serviced apartments worldwide to 491,465. We also started a regional update, looking at the various global regions, the differences in the markets and how serviced apartments are being operated.

The latest report came out in October 2011 and included again a regional update + views of Industry Experts from across the globe about their views and outlook for the sector. And the total number of documented serviced apartments worldwide increased to 669,744!

The first report is only available still in hard copy. The second and latest report are also available in PDF format. To order your free copy for either or all of the reports, please send an email to Bard Vos.

We welcome your feedback on the content of the reports, which can be left by commenting on this blog post. And of course also any suggestions for future editions, topics to write about, areas to research etc.

We look forward to an engaging conversation,

 

THE APARTMENT SERVICE

 


January 26, 2012

Two exhibitions coming up!!! by Bard Vos

The Apartment Service is exhibiting at 2 exhibitions in the coming weeks, the Corporate Relocation Conference on the 6th February in the Russell Hotel in London and then the next 2 days at the Business Travel Show in Earls Court (London)

 

We invite you to come and see us at either or both of these events to discuss your temporary accommodation requirements with us and to give us the opportunity to provide you with an alternative (cost-effective) solution.

 

You can find us at: stand 41 (Corporate Relocation Conference) and stand 250 at the Business Travel Show.

 

We look forward to welcoming you there!!

 

If you can´t make either of these events and still wish to get more information from us, on our bespoke temporary serviced accommodation solutions, please feel free to send an email to Sara Calvo (Sales Manager) or Bard Vos (Marketing) and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

Kind regards

 

THE APARTMENT SERVICE


January 18, 2012

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE WANTED! by Bard Vos

 

Business Development Executive BDE

 

Wimbledon and some field based

 

 

The Apartment Service are a long-established, successful global corporate housing solution based in south west London.

 

Due to recent internal promotions, we need an ambitious individual to join our sales team. You will need to be an assertive, focussed and persistent sales person. You must be able to communicate on all levels and possess excellent consultative business/account development skills.

 

The BDE will be responsible predominantly for the development of new business and maximizing opportunities from various sources and the development of business from existing accounts.

 

You will be targeting hotel booking agents and business travel and relocation sectors, therefore, a background in any of these industries would be an advantage but is not essential.

 

You must thrive in a target-driven environment where you will be rewarded by an uncapped earning potential. So if you have a pro-active approach and a proven track record in achieving and exceeding sales targets this could be your ideal opportunity.

 

 

For more information and to apply please contact:

 

 

Sara Calvo – Sales Manager

Phone: 020-89443659

E-mail: SaraC@apartment.co.uk


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