With the increasing popularity of many a service apartment in Bangkok and across the world, industry leaders have decided to launch a dedicated event for extended stay, corporate housing and branded residence markets.
That event is the Serviced Apartment Summit (SAS), which will be hosted in Bangkok for two days; 21-22 February 2019, and is looking to attract anyone with a notable interest in the thriving service apartment in Bangkok and Asia market. This conference, however, won’t function like traditional iterations, as there won’t be any keynote speakers or lengthy panel discussions. Instead, delegates that visit the event will instead engage in a series of lively debates, with the goal of challenging conventional thought processes and come up with innovations. The event’s first day will also feature an ‘Old Town Tour’, a look at interesting hospitality and co-working concepts.
SAS Asia aims to provide a forum for networking, educating and sharing best practices among the serviced apartment industry, and is being organised by International Hospitality Media CEO, Piers Brown, who also hosted annual SAS events in other regions; Africa, The Americas, Europe and the Middle East.
Notably, Asia’s serviced apartment industry has gone up by 33% within the past 2 years, resulting in at least 116,600 units spread across 889 destinations across the region. This growth in the industry is seen as a sign that now is the time for Asia to host a dedicated serviced apartment event, which is why the SAS Asia will be taking place at the Amari Watergate Bangkok.
The event already has several sponsors, like Oakwood, ONYX Hospitality Group, RMS and Global Hospitality Services. SAS Asia is already expected to attract about 140 attendees from a wide range of sectors, like serviced apartments, extended stay hotels and the like. A high number of CEO-level delegates have already been confirmed to be attending the event.
SAS Asia will be the fourth edition of the global Serviced Apartment Summit series, following the launch of SAS Europe, SAS MEA, and SAS Americas, in 2013, 2015, and 2016, respectively. All of the SAS iterations in other regions are already annual events, and the hope is that SAS Asia follows suit.