Sweet 16 Facebook contest – Terms and conditions

It’s our Sweet 16.

And to say a big thank you to our fans and supporters, we are giving away fantastic Sweet 16 treats!

Frasers Hospitality has come a long way since we started in 1998. In just 16 years, we have grown from a company with two properties into a world leader in international serviced residences. Today we have 92 properties in 49 key gateway cities around the world. And we’re about to grow even bigger.

Thank you for being part of our exciting journey.We look forward to delighting you with our award-winning service during your next stay with us.

Sweet 16 Facebook contest details 

Simply leave a comment below for a chance to win fabulous prizes.

When I was 16, my dream holiday destination was…

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The fine print

  • Contest period: 31 March 2014 – 16 May 2014
  • Terms and conditions are subject to change without prior notice
  • 1 contest winner will win the prize of a complimentary 3-night stay at any Fraser property worldwide + economy air tickets.
  • 16 contest winners will win 3 nights stay at any Frasers Hospitality property in Singapore.
  • The contest will open to entrants on 31 March 2014 and will end on 16 May 2014, at 23:59 SST. The date of draw will be announced soon.
  • Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd will select the winners based on their contest entries. The decision is binding and final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • If the winner chooses to extend their stay beyond their entitled nights, additional room charges will apply at prevailing Best Available Rates.
  • The prizes are not transferable. Proof of identification will be required at time of check-in.
  • Participant must be at least 16 years old on 31 March, 2014.
  • Any federal, state and local taxes that may be imposed in connection with the prizes are the sole responsibility of the winner.
  • Prizes must be accepted as awarded. No cash equivalent is available and no prize substitution will be awarded. Prizes are not redeemable for cash or credit and are non-transferable.
  • Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd reserve the right to disqualify contestants if the details provided are incomplete or incorrect, or for any other irregularity with a view to participating in this Lucky Draw.
  • Winners will be notified via email and winners’ name will be published on this page.
  • Prize in the form of vouchers will be presented to the winners upon check-in. No-show or cancellation of reservation will result in the forfeiture of the prize.
  • No further correspondence with non-winners will be entered into.
  • Your e-mail address will not be shared with 3rd parties, and ‘opt out’ will be provided and respected.
  • Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd may use contestant’s name and country of residence for winner announcements or for any other communication without the need for obtaining further approval from the contestant.
  • Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd reserves the right to discontinue this contest, withdraw prizes or disqualify a winner at any time.
  • All rights reserved by Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd.
  • By entering this contest, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
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Fraser Residence Budapest named Tripadvisor’s #7 best in Hungary!

We are pleased to announce that Fraser Residence Budapest has been named the #7 Best Hotel in Hungary for 2014 by TripAdvisor! On top of this, this is the property’s 2nd consecutive Tripadvisor Travelers Choice Awards!

Just last year, Fraser Residence Budapest has been named Hungary’s Leading Serviced Apartments by the World Travel Awards 2013 for its gold-standard serviced excellence in the country’s extended stay market.

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It is our commitment to deliver excellent service and product quality to our guests but we could not have come this far without your recognition and support. Even more so, we are excited to bring you greater stays with us at Fraser Residence Budapest.

To experience this award-winning property, there are a couple of promotions and offers suitable for all – be it for a winter leisure trip, short Valentine’s day getaway or an extended stay in Budapest. ImageImage

Leave your accommodation with us, while you experience this old-meets-new city at its best!

Visit our website for more promotions and offers: http://budapest.frasershospitality.com/news_promotions.php

For more information on the city’s to-dos: http://www.getresponse.com/archive/sales2budapest/Fraser-Residence-Budapest-Winter-Extravaganza-and-Special-Valentines-Day-offer-13897402.html?show_schedule=yes&u=S2nQ

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Celebrate Lunar New Year (Tet) in vietnam!

In Vietnam, New Year (known as Tet) is widely celebrated as much as the other parts of the world. If you happen to be in the city or staying with us at Capri by Fraser Ho Chi Minh City or even Fraser Suites Hanoi, this is one great place you wouldn’t want to miss:

Nguyen Hue flower street. Famous for its flower festival and highlight during the Tet period, the flower streets will be bustling with both local and tourists alike. Be sure to take a slow stroll and enjoy the spectacular display of flowers from all over. If you would like to get some for decoration, flowers such as Peach flower, Ochna integerrima and Marumi kumquat will make perfect choices.

Other performances will be held in and around the streets, and they are all open to public.Image

For those who are not familiar with the Tet celebrations, like any other countries, it begins its celebration on 31st January. While we reign in the new year of the lunar calendar, here are some traditions which are interesting to note!

1. “Li Xi” is a traditional custom pass down from generations, whereby young children will receieve red packets from the adults and elders. In these red packets, money are placed in them which signifies good fortune to the receiever. The red colour that is used for the red packets will then symbolise good luck and prosperity.

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2. Tet is also one such festival which celebrates Harmony, Peace and Prospertity within family and friends. It is therefore good to know a couple of auspicious phrases and spread well-wished to your loved ones (it might help in receiving more red packets too!)

3. As tet is a festival of joy and good bringings, one is encouraged to wear clothes of vibrant colours. Red, yellow, pink, blue, purple and so on, but do remember to avoid black as much as possible. Put on ‘happier’ clothes and be in the mood!

4. Festive Food – Tet is never complete with Banh Chung, a local rice cake delicacy made from sticky rice, filled with yellow mung beans and pork all wrapped in banana leaves. There is even a story behind this delicacy which makes it one of the most symbolic food for Tet.

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Well, if you are looking for a getaway during this coming festive period, be sure to stay with us at Capri by Fraser Ho Chi Minh City and you will experience much more of the traditions and mood just being in the city itself. The streets have all been decked with festive lightnings and decorations, which changes year after year.

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Have a great Tet, and lunar new year!

For more information on Capri by Fraser, Ho Chi Minh City / Vietnam, (http://hochiminhcity.capribyfraser.com)
For more information on Fraser Suites Hanoi,
(www.hanoi.frasershospitality.com/)

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A Winter’s Tale – A perfectly cosy day in London

Don’t let the grey skies deceive you. There’s lots of fun to be had in the British capital when the mercury heads south .

What better time to enjoy London than in winter – in the city’s crisp and sparkling element? We don’t have Dickensian fogs these days but, away from the bright lights, there’s still a twinkling Victorian charm, from mulled wine and hot chestnuts to quirky galleries and museums, from strolls through the majestic Royal parks to some of the most fantastical ice rinks ever, from delightful tea shops to some of the creakiest, most welcoming old pubs you’ll find anywhere. We’ve selected some choice insider delights. Join the hurlyburly, and make them your own.

Breakfast

First things first – you’ll need a substantial breakfast to keep you going in the winter chill. A little-known wonder is The Regency (17-19 Regency Street, Westminster). Established in 1946, it looks retro but is authentic, brilliant and cheap, a classy greasy spoon with tiled walls, gingham curtains and formica tables.

Plate after plate of comfort food, orders all yelled in the earth-shattering basso of the owner, Marco: ‘One egg on toast, mushrooms, tomatoes and * bubble*!’ It’s on a beautiful street, too. No dawdling at tables (gets busy), and they close midday on Saturday. Up in delightful Hampstead, Ginger & White (4a-5a Perrins Court) is a cute neighbourhood café. Small and simple, it has a massive communal table inside and smaller ones outside; kids are encouraged to draw on pads provided. Rich, nutty coffee, fruit crumble muffins, toasted sourdough, and each boiled egg comes with its own woolly hat. For a more soignée start, The Riding House Café (43-51 Great Titchfield Street) is the kind of place Don Draper might eat breakfast. Impossibly hip, with shining chrome, red banquette seating and standard lamps, it offers everything from fluffy pancakes and Eggs Royale to a chorizo hash brown, porridge – hey, even a Bloody Mary if you had a wild night.

If you’re south of the river, Royal Teas (76 Royal Hill, Greenwich) is a vegetarian cafe on one of London’s prettiest streets where the owner makes everything before your eyes in a teeny kitchen (try the Veggie Breakfast with halloumi and roast tomatoes). And in the raffish East End, grab a smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel from Brick Lane Beigel Bake (159 Brick Lane): open 24 hours, and hipsters and cabbies queue for the hot moist bagels that melt in your mouth.

A walk!

Suitably fortified, wrap your scarf around your neck and stride forth to the beauties of London’s parks. The wildest is Hampstead Heath, 790 acres of rolling ancient woodlands, hills and ponds. In sunshine, crunching over the leaves here (or flying a kite) is heaven. If the weather’s too blustery, seek sanctuary in Hampstead village itself, a fairy-tale enclave on a hill.

Though designer shops are taking over from many of the idiosyncratic originals, there is still an air of literary, bohemian glamour – this has long been the home of writers, composers and intellectuals – and in winter it’s quaintly inviting. More centrally, Hyde Park, once a royal hunting ground, stretches for 350 acres, and the winding Serpentine lake boasts an astonishing variety of ducks, geese and swans, many of whom are specifically winter visitors. You can also horse ride here, along five miles of sun-dappled bridleways. Hyde Park Stables (hydeparkstables.com) offer accompanied rides on ponies chosen for their friendly temperaments. An evocative adventure might be Highgate Cemetery (Swain’s Lane, Highgate), replete with Victorian stone angels, resting place of everyone from Karl Marx and Christina Rossetti to Lucien Freud.

An intriguing location rich in history, architecture and romance, winter is its season. Regular tours available. If something livelier is what you’re after, hire a blue ‘Boris Bike’ (actually the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme) from one of the many docking stations. On a nice day, it’s one of the best ways to warm up and see the city, but avoid the central area’s congestion. Instead, take the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Island Gardens on the Isle of Dogs, pick up your steed and investigate the clearly-signposted river path. You’ll pass cormorants drying their wings beside the Thames, the shiny New York-style tower blocks of Canary Wharf, chef Gordon Ramsay’s riverside restaurant The Narrow, and the cobbled Georgian terraces of Narrow Street. You can follow the path all the way to the docking station by Tower Bridge.

…Or culture?

For unusual museums, London can’t be beaten.

The Sherlock Holmes Museum (221b Baker Street, of course), home of the fictional detective, is a phantasmagorical step into another era. Climb up twisting stairs to the study where Holmes and Watson solved many two-pipe problems; you can even sit in Holmes’s chair by the fireside as eccentric guides tell you amazing stories. Equally captivating is Dennis Severs’ House (18 Folgate Street). Created by artist Severs, the house is exactly as its 18th century Huguenot owners might have left it; in fact, it appears they haven’t quite gone. As you pass through the candlelit house, you catch their voices in another room, smell the dinner they were eating, hear a canary sing and a floorboard squeak. Moving and atmospheric.

For something stellar, hop on the speedy Thames Clipper to Greenwich. Walk up through Greenwich Park, one of London’s loveliest, to the magical spires of the Royal Observatory on the hill. In a series of 17th century rooms, discover how we learned to navigate, then see stars at the Planetarium. When you come out, cross the international date line, then look at the “unbelievable” view, all of London spread before you.

Afternoon tea

London is in the grip of a cake obsession, so you’ll be falling over tea shops. For something heartening, try Soho’s Secret Tea Room, accessed via a twisting staircase halfway along the bar of the Coach & Horses pub (29 Greek Street, Soho). Upstairs, soothed by the sounds of 1940s jazz and boogie-woogie, choose from 16 leaf teas and a preposterous array of cakes, everything served in an endearing assortment of mismatched china. Immensely cosy as rain pitterpatters on the window. Or go ritzier at the Reform Social and Grill (8-14 Mandeville Place, Marylebone).

Modelled on an old-fashioned gentleman’s club, it’s all dark wood and intimate low lights. Ask for the afternoon tea and you’re led to a series of sofas upholstered in tweedy pinstripe where you sink deliciously into the big, soft cushions. Vintage Afternoon Tea includes scones with clotted cream, blueberry and almond cake, teas from Darjeeling to White Peony and, erm, the 50 Shades of Earl Grey cocktail.

Ice with that?

Early evening, as dusk falls, is the perfect time to ice skate in London. The most glamorous location is Somerset House (somersethouse.org.uk), which gives over its neo-Georgian courtyard to a giant rink floodlit in glowing blues and sugar-plum pinks. Tom’s Skate Lounge, right by the rink, supplies hot chocolate, festive mulled wine, mince pies and hot soup. And check out the ultra-cool Club Nights, when DJs from the UK’s hottest festivals take to the rink-side decks. Or skate just steps from dinosaurs at the gothic fantasy of the Natural History Museum (Cromwell Road, South Kensington), which has a T. Rex-sized rink, smaller one for tots, Victorian fairground carousel and hot chocolate with marshmallows.

And relax…

To mull over the day, nothing’s better than a fireside seat at a jovial pub. The Grapes has stood at 76 Narrow Street in Limehouse for over 500 years. Co-owned by actor Ian (Gandalf) McKellen, its tiny rooms are lined with books, its wine list and restaurant are second to none and, on the Thames shingle below, Sir Walter Raleigh set sail to the New World. For something completely different, book seats at Vertigo 42: Bar and Lounge (25 Old Broad Street). At 600 feet above pavement level, this circular bar with floor to ceiling windows is intimate (which is why you must book) and breathtaking; far below, you’ll see the city shimmering. Finally, right in the thick of things is The George (77 Borough High Street, Southwark). A medieval coaching inn, it was a haunt of Shakespeare’s (the original Globe Theatre was steps away) and is mentioned in Dickens’ Little Dorrit. Funny little rooms, massive roaring fires, ancient wood panelling and uneven floors. Great wine; excellent food. It is always packed, exactly as it was in Shakespeare’s time.

Plunge in. Happy winter!

London is home to 8 Fraser properties:

Fraser Place Canary Wharf
Fraser Residence Blackfriars
Fraser Residence Bishopsgate
Fraser Residence City
Fraser Residence Monument
Fraser Residence Prince of Wales
Fraser Suites Kensington
Fraser Suites Queens Gate

Book a stay with us & experience the warm Frasers Hospitality on a wintery day!

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A French Affair

Get ready to be seduced by the style and glamour of Fraser Suites Le Claridge Champs-Elysées.

Classy allure of an iconic avenue

Right on the doorstep of Champs-Elysées and a metro ride away from the Louvre, Jardin des Tuileries and Grand Palais lies Fraser Suites Le Claridge Champs-Elysées. Housed in a magnificent 1914 building, this grand residence’s courtyard and balconied façade are gazette historical monuments.

Fraser Suites Le Claridge features 110 spacious suites, including Executive and Deluxe apartments, which were recently revamped to showcase the esssence of Parisian style. These new rooms are airy, chic and inviting with a multitude of textures and French accents. For the ultimate Parisian view, just pull back your curtains for sweeping vistas of Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. From your well-appointed residence, indulge in a study of Parisian architecture with its classic façades, rooftops and peaceful courtyards.

To make the most of your time in the city, use Fraser E-Concierge (www.fraser-suites-paris-econcierge.com) – accessible on smartphones, tablets and touchscreen stations in the lobby – for tips on nearby attractions, recommended activities as well as emergency numbers and info on the residence.

Recently, the residence was presented with a Certificate of Excellence award 2013 by TripAdvisor, for consistently achieving exceptional traveler reviews.

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Exuding warmth and tranquility, Fraser Suites Harmonie Paris La Défense is conveniently located in the city’s prime business enclave.

Gallic Charm

Away from the historical elegance of Paris’ city centre, Fraser Suites Harmonie Paris La Défense is at the entrance to La Défense, a major business district of modern glass and steel buildings and skyscrapers.

Besides housing France’s biggest commercial and conference centres, including the CNIT conference hall, La Défense boasts upscale restaurants and bars, Les Quatre Temps shopping centre, IMAX theatre and regular exhibitions and cultural events.

To get to Fraser Suites Harmonie Paris La Défense, you stroll through a private garden via a delighful terrace. Once inside, you are ushered into a sanctuary you can call your very own. Enjoy the panorama of River Seine and the gleaming high-rises of La Defénse from the balcony. Equally alluring is your apartment’s spacious living, dining and bedroom areas.

For corporate warriors, there are three meeting rooms, two of which are able to accommodate up to 90 people, theatre-style.

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Swing Out Seoul

There’s more to the South Korean capital than kimchi and K-pop. Retro dance and vintage style are surprisingly alive and kicking.

Anyone not living in a cave would have a general idea of Psy, K-pop and Korean drama and how all things Korean are an indelible part of today’s popular culture. But who knew that the soul of Seoul could very well belong to an era that harkens to the past more than the future?

The proof lies with some 1,000 swing dancers who can cut a rug on any given dance floor in the city with their nimble feet and nifty vintage style. Places like Sky Ballroom and the Big Apple and dance studios teaching vernacular dances are second homes to young (and some not-so-young) folks who come to break out some old-school moves.

Welcome to an alternate world in South Korea, where jazz tunes are the soundtrack, speakeasy bars the hot spot, tailored vintage the fashion, and ’60s swing and Lindy Hop the dance du jour. Immersed in a bygone world, dancers spend an inordinate amount of time honing their moves before they step out.

Step to it

A country as far removed as possible from Harlem, New York – the original home of happy feet where the dance began its roots – now arguably holds the largest community dedicated to the African American dance called the Lindy Hop, an energetic dance that originated in ’30s Harlem and evolved with the jazz music of the time. Those who don’t dance just pose – in carefully curated clothing either found in flea markets or made-to-order by specialist tailors.

The Korean obsession with perfection is alive and kicking at Camp Swing It, a three-day Lindy Hop dance mecca of sorts, held annually in Cheongshim International Youth Centre north of Seoul. Since 2009, local dancers have been strutting and swivelling in enthusiastic – and practiced – fashion.

In preparation for meets like Camp Swing It or the numerous other international Lindy Hop camps and festivals, the Korean dancers hit the floor almost every night of the week. And there are enough dance studios and jazz bars in Seoul as well as other cities like Busan, to cater to this keen mass.

But the dance camp is a beast all its own, growing exponentially from a small but fervent dance scene to one that is about 1,000-strong. Every April, the otherwise cold and drafty youth centre in the middle of nowhere becomes a hub of long registration queues of dancers from all over South Korea and some from even farther away.

All have descended from regular day jobs for this dance respite. The camp has grown so much as to attract both professionals and participants from Singapore, Thailand, Australia and the United States. For three days and nights, the revelers dance socially, take technical classes, compete in solo, partner and team competitions, and take every opportunity to wear vintage ’20s to ’50s garb.

Gwangjang style

Not so much a movement, culture or even district, Gwangjang is South Korea’s first ever market, now renowned for street food as well as street style – of the vintage era. Located in Jongno-gu, this is where style-finders flock for vintage clothing that’s comparable to the best op shops and thrift stores of Manhattan and Melbourne. Any serious swing dancer or even a garden-variety hipster worth his fedora would make a beeline for the selection of both original vintage and vintage reproductions found here.

Elsewhere, stylish enclaves like Insadong and Samcheongdong also offer boutiques that stock carefully selected vintage wear along with locally made designer and high-street labels. Everything comes full circle and today, it seems vintage is gold in Seoul.

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With a central location that combines big city glitz and centuries-old heritage, Fraser Place Namdaemun, Seoul is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking for convenience, comfort and a touch of culture.

It is said that life isn’t measured by the number of breaths you take, but by every moment that takes your breath away. The scenic panorama afforded by Fraser Place Namdaemun is perhaps a reflection of that expression. Overlooking Seoul’s historic Namdaemun Gate and the city’s shimmering skyline, the property’s prime location makes waking up or relaxing with your favourite tipple a delightful experience.

The 252-unit serviced residence has all the comforts of home, with personalised housekeeping services, 24-hour gym and sauna facilities. When you need to get down to business, meeting and convention facilities – complete with free Wi-Fi and essential business equipment – are at your disposal. Its meeting facilities can accommodate up to 80 people, while its two boardrooms have a capacity of up to 10 persons.

Step out of Fraser Place Namdaemun, and you are right in the heart of Seoul. It is centrally located within the business district where embassies, MNCs and top Korean corporations, such as Richwood Pharmaceutical and Heungkuk Life Insurance, reside. To boot, popular shopping and entertainment districts are nearby.

The residence is conveniently located beside Namdaemun Market, one of the oldest markets in South Korea and your round-theclock bargain haven. Ten minutes away at Myeongdong, you get your pick of everything stylish among myriad fashionable department stores, irresistible street food and other good dining options.

Travelling by train is one of the easiest and fastest ways to get around in Seoul. With City Hall Square and Seodaemum stations a stone’s throw away, you are seamlessly connected to wherever you want to go in this vibrant city.

 

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Budapest, Hungary

Condé Nast Traveler has announced the winners of its 26th annual Readers’ Choice Awards!

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And Budapest was voted 2nd in the Top 25 Cities in The World category!

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The “classic masterpiece” of a city gives off a “different feeling than other European cities.” There is “so much to see, great food and easy navigation,” one reader said. The “gorgeous residences and buildings” are “gracious and grand.” “Everything about Budapest was entrancing.”

Experience the wonders of Budapest for yourself soon with Fraser Residence Budapest’s Autumn promotion! http://bit.ly/GANTDv

Book minimum 2 nights in our award-winning hotel between 14 September and 31 October 2013 and get 13% discount from our best daily rates with a free bottle of fine Hungarian wine!

This offer includes:
- 13% discount from our best daily rate included
- Complimentary daily continental buffet breakfast
- Complimentary Wi-Fi connection
- Rates are inclusive of VAT
- A complimentary bottle of fine Hungarian wine

Tell us, apart from Budapest, what other cities would make your Top 25 list? :)

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Best Serviced Residence Operator – 24th Annual TTG Travel Awards 2013

Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd Voted Best Serviced Residence Operator at the 24th Annual TTG Travel Awards 2013

Recognition for Commitment to Excellence in Product and Service Offerings

L-R: Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, President of TCEB (Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau); Choe Peng Sum, CEO, Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd; Michael Chow, Group Publisher of TTG Travel Trade Publishing, TTG Asia Media

L-R: Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, President of TCEB (Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau); Choe Peng Sum, CEO, Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd; Michael Chow, Group Publisher of TTG Travel Trade Publishing, TTG Asia Media

Singapore, 8 October 2013 Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd (Frasers) has been voted the Best Serviced Residence Operator at the prestigious 24th Annual TTG Travel Awards 2013, for its Gold-Standard product offerings and service excellence. Frasers has been awarded based on votes cast by the readers of TTG Asia, TTG China, TTG India, TTGmice, TTG-BTmice China and TTG Asia Luxury, which was announced at a gala ceremony in Bangkok.

The TTG Travel Awards is reputed as the most coveted and influential awards to be won in the region’s travel industry and celebrated by the presence of the industry’s most renowned personalities. The awards represent exemplary achievement, which recognises Frasers’ commitment to excellence and consistent delivery of products and services in meeting the unique needs of every resident.

“Receiving international recognition from the prestigious TTG Travel Awards is not only a great honour but also reaffirms that we are on track in our focus on meeting the different lifestyle needs of travellers around the world,” said Mr Choe Peng Sum, Chief Executive Officer of Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd. “It is a vote of confidence of our depth of experience and commitment to delivering service excellence through continuous innovation and I am delighted in accepting this esteemed accolade on behalf of our team.”

Frasers offers its residents a range of properties across three distinct brands – Gold Standard Fraser serviced residences, Modena second-tier serviced residences and Capri by Fraser hotel residences – to cater to the diverse needs of international travellers. Signature to the Fraser brand is ‘The Fraser Difference’, which is ensuring all Frasers’ properties are ideally located for convenience, thoughtfully furnished for utmost comfort, well equipped with the facilities necessary for effective work-life balance and constantly connected with unlimited free high-speed Internet access. This standard is consistent across all properties.

Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd’s current portfolio, including those in the pipeline, stands at 86 properties in 44 key gateway cities, and more than 15,000 apartments worldwide.

 

 

 

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Guangzhou: Flower City

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Formerly known as Canton, Guangzhou is one of the most prosperous cities in China. Located north of the Pearl River Delta, it is the capital and also the largest city in the province of Guangdong. Guangzhou’s subtropical climate, colourful blossoms and verdant landscapes welcome traders and visitors throughout the year, earning it the nickname “China’s Flower City”.

The first town to be established on the site of present day Guangzhou dates back to the Qin dynasty (221– 207 BC). During the 2nd century AD, Indians and Romans were the first foreigners to arrive. In 1711, the British East India Company set up a trading post here.

Through the centuries, Guangzhou continued to attract traders and businessmen. Those seeking their fortunes came here to set up factories, barter or trade, while others swopped their farmer hats for a more lucrative career as factory workers.

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Today, Guangzhou is the economic centre of the Pearl River Delta as well as one of China’s leading commercial and manufacturing regions. Therein lies the vitality and colour of this bustling hub.

From shopping to seafood

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When it comes to good shopping, Guangzhou delivers. From vast bazaars to magnificent markets, the city has been described as one huge shopping mall. Shangxia Jiu Lu is the most influential traditional commercial street in Guangzhou.

You will find famous old stores such as Yong’an Department Store, Herring Shoes and Hats Store, Dalu Clock and Watch Store, and even teahouses.

A stopover here is surely a rich cultural experience. Downtown at Zhuangyuan Fang, people watching is a must as this 200-metre-long street draws the funkiest young shoppers for the latest Japanese and Korean fashions. Moving on, there is Haizhu Square Wholesale Market. One of the most colourful markets in Asia, it stretches all the way to Shamian Island. Apart from toys, furnishings and electrical gadgets, you can also find many of the souvenirs that are sold all over China, but at wholesale prices.

Head for Yide Lu Seafood Market if you are looking for dried seafood. It offers an ocean of Chinese culinary essentials such as oysters, abalone and cuttlefish.

Sights for soul searching

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Take a break from bargain hunting and make time for some soul searching. Head to the old foreign concession of Shamian Island. Stroll along the streets and admire restored colonial buildings, some of which have been transformed into restaurants, shops and hotels.

For a quieter retreat, drift away to the White Cloud Mountain, northeast of the city. Ascend the summit for an unforgettable view of the legendary Pearl River.

Back in the city downtown, Temple of the Six Banyan Trees is another must-see for its octagonal Flower Pagoda. Standing at more than 50 metres high, it is the tallest pagoda in the city.

Guangzhou is also a centre for learning. The prestigious Sun Yatsen University, founded by its namesake in 1924, has three of its four campuses in Guangzhou. Thankfully, satiating your hunger for culture and a good bargain is not all that Guangzhou is famous for.

The cradle of Cantonese cuisine

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Cantonese food is considered China’s haute cuisine. Classic Cantonese cooking emphasises the quality and freshness of ingredients, with its dishes often characterised by the use of very mild and simple spices to enhance natural flavours.

Roasted and barbecued meats are perennial Cantonese favourites. Another specialty is its slowcooked soup, which is usually a clear broth prepared with meat and simmered over low heat for several hours. Sometimes, Chinese herbs are added to the soups for medicinal value. Ingredients of a Cantonese slowcooked soup may include fresh chicken, fish maw, sea cucumbers, scallops and abalone.

Beiyuan Jiujia, a restaurant that dates back to the 1920s, offers dim sum and a generous menu of Cantonese classics in a courtyard setting. Another local favourite joint for dim sum is Panxi Jiujia, while Guangzhou Jiujia off ers good traditional cantonese fare. You may also want to head to a popular haunt, Dongjiang haixian Dajiulou, where you will be astounded by the array of live seafood.

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Offering the bustle of city life, the tranquility of nature and the satisfaction of great food and shopping, Guangzhou is indeed a city in full bloom.

This article was first published in PSA International’s At The Helm.

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Fancy living in style in Guangzhou?

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Located in the vibrant Tianhe district, Fraser Suites Guangzhou welcomes every guest with luxurious furnishings and first-class facilities.

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Featuring 332 Gold-Standard studios and one- to three bedroom apartments, Fraser Suites Guangzhou marries the elegance of a serviced residence with the warmth of a home. The spacious living, bedroom and dining areas in every apartment bear the hallmarks of creative space planning and smart design by world-renowned hospitality interior designer Hirsch Bedner Associates.

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Complete with a modern, fully-equipped kitchen and a sleek home entertainment system, Fraser Suites Guangzhou fulfills your desire of arriving and staying in style.

http://guangzhou.frasershospitality.com/

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Fraser Residence Budapest, Hungary’s Leading Serviced Apartments by World Travel Awards 2013

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Budapest, 2 September 2013 – Fraser Residence Budapest has been named Hungary’s Leading Serviced Apartments by the World Travel Awards 2013 for its Gold-Standard serviced excellence in the country’s short-, extended stay market, as announced at a gala ceremony here recently.

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The World Travel Awards 2013 ceremony took place in Antalya, Turkey on August 31st 2013. The event distinguishes excellence in all areas of the travel and tourism industry. The award won by Fraser Residence Budapest  are the result of votes emanating from both industry professionals (decision-makers, buyers, tour operators, travel agencies) and members of the public.

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The World Travel Awards is the largest and most prestigious awards in the travel industry that is voted by travel and tourism professionals worldwide. Often regarded as the “The travel industry’s equivalent to the Oscar’s”, it is the ultimate hallmark of quality, which recognises Fraser Residence’s commitment to excellence and continuing endeavours to improve its products and services.

“We are very pleased to receive this recognition from the World Travel Awards,” said Mr Alain Goetschel, General Manager of Fraser Residence Budapest. “Delivering the Gold-Standard service excellence that is synonymous with the Frasers brand is at the heart of everything we do, and receiving this accolade is evidence that our efforts are being recognised by those who know us best.”

Opened in 2011, the luxurious Fraser Residence Budapest is next to the Corvin Shopping Centre and 500 metres from the Corvin-negyed Metro Station. All apartments are air-conditioned and soundproofed and include free Wi-Fi.

The Fraser Residence Budapest offers all amenities of a 4-star superior hotel for business-, leisure travellers as well as for short -, or long-term stays. The property features stylish interior design combined with a spacious layout and modern comfort.

All apartments have a well equipped kitchen with a dining area and a comprehensive entertainment system such as the flat-screen satellite TV and DVD player as well as free high speed Wi-Fi. Some apartments include a living area with comfortable leather sofas, a private balcony or terrace and a laptop safe box.

Some apartments include a living area with comfortable leather sofas, a private balcony or terrace and a laptop safe box. The Fraser Residence Budapest is located on the Pest side of the city, just off the Corvin Promenade and close to many excellent bars, restaurants and shops. A 3,000 m² spa area is located 50 metres from the property which features a pool and a fitness centre.

The apartments at Residence Fraser are fully serviced and continental breakfast is also available. The reception is open 24 hours a day.

Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd’s current portfolio, including those in the pipeline, stands at 83 properties in 45 key gateway cities, and more than 14,000 apartments worldwide.

For more information,visit : http://budapest.frasershospitality.com

 

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