GACA participates in Amsterdam Passenger Terminal Expo

Through its participation the GACA showcased the authority’s role in the privatization of the civil aviation sector, in addition to its investments and projects.
Updated 18 March 2017
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GACA participates in Amsterdam Passenger Terminal Expo

The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) and a number of the Kingdom’s international airports participated in the Amsterdam Passenger Terminal Expo. The event, which took place in Amsterdam last week, is considered an advanced sales and marketing platform for the airport industry. It offers a unique environment that enables goers to hit a variety of sales and marketing targets, as well as showcase the latest advancements in the airport and terminal industry.
Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Abohaimed, the Saudi ambassador to the Netherlands, visited the authority’s display at the expo and was impressed with the young participants. He noted that the Kingdom’s participation in such expos helps the world better know and understand the country’s civilizations and cities.
“What I saw in the GACA section brought about feelings of pride and honor. It reflects the great work done by the authority in many of the Kingdom’s airports. Their participation in the expo has enabled others to see one of the elements of the Kingdom’s development,” he said.
Abohaimed highlighted the importance of airports as being the main determinant behind a visitor’s first impression. He said the Kingdom’s airports are currently undergoing vast and quick developments, and also pointed to the distinct role of the GACA over the past two years.
Bassem bin Abdullah Al-Salloum, assistant to the president of corporate communications and marketing at the GACA, said: “Participating in this global gathering is an opportunity to strengthen the Kingdom’s position and enhance relationships with our partners around the world. More importantly, the authority’s presence in this expo will enable us to directly network with different entities related to civil aviation so we can effectively build customer relationships.”
“It’s an opportunity for us to meet with the administrators of airports and airlines and other specialized entities in this sector. The expo will also offer the latest communication technologies and wireless applications, as well as elements related to airport security and engineering developments in terminal constructions, baggage handling, lighting, services and so on,” he added.
Through its participation the GACA showcased the authority’s role in the privatization of the civil aviation sector, in addition to its investments and projects, which include the construction and development of airports and airport cities.
Participating airports included King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh, King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, King Fahd International Airport in Dammam and Prince Mohamed bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah.


Ascott debuts in Africa with Kwarleyz Residence

Updated 15 October 2018
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Ascott debuts in Africa with Kwarleyz Residence

The Ascott Limited has cemented its footprint on the African continent with the opening of its first property in Accra, the capital of Ghana. Kwarleyz Residence, which is managed by Ascott, will be the first upscale international -class serviced residence to enter the flourishing Ghanaian market.
Thomas Wee, Ascott’s deputy managing director for the Middle East, Africa, Turkey and India, said: “Ascott has been managing world-class serviced residences globally for over 30 years. The opening of our first property in Africa, Kwarleyz Residence, enables our worldwide network of corporate clients and the growing international travelers to experience Ascott’s award-winning hospitality on another continent.
“Africa is the world’s second fastest-growing economy after Asia and we see great potential in the region’s hospitality market. Africa’s huge economic growth is fueled by massive infrastructure development, favorable investment policies, and a young population.
With our strong expertise in hospitality management, Ascott aims to set the benchmark in the region by offering business and leisure travelers world-class extended stay accommodation and superior customer service.”
Wee added: “In addition to Kwarleyz Residence, we have secured a contract to manage Ascott 1 Oxford Street which will open in the heart of Accra in 2019.”
Located in the upscale airport residential district, Kwarleyz Residence is surrounded by embassies and the headquarters of gold mining companies. About a five-minute drive from the Kotoka International Airport, the property is within easy access to the Marina Mall at Airport City and Tema Industrial City, via the motorway.
Vincent Miccolis, Ascott’s regional general manager for the Middle East, Africa and Turkey, said: “We are proud to partner with Wonda World Estates to bring the first-of-its-kind hospitality offering to the Ghanaian capital and introduce sophisticated living in Accra with the opening of Kwarleyz Residence.”
Nana Kwame Bediako, president for the Kwarleyz Group of companies, which includes Wonda World Estates, said: “We see this collaborative project with our colleagues at Ascott as another example of Wonda World Estates, Kwarleyz Group, Cola Group and Kensington Residential Partners showcasing, either individually or as a collective, a commitment to the improvement of emerging markets across the African landscape.”
The 40-unit serviced residence provides a variety of studio and one- to three-bedroom apartments.
The property includes facilities such as a restaurant, coffee lounge, sky bar, rooftop garden and basement parking. Guests can relax and rejuvenate in the gymnasium, outdoor pool or spa.
The International Monetary Fund forecasts that Africa’s economy will be the second fastest growing in the world with an annual growth rate of 4.3 percent from 2016 to 2020. Ghana is ranked Africa’s fifth most attractive investment destination. Its foreign direct investment increased by nine percent to a record $3.5 billion in 2016.