Ascott expands its network in Iskandar

first_imgThe Ascott Limited (Ascott) is further growing their presence in Iskandar Malaysia after they recently received approval to manage a third property in Nusajava.Scheduled to open in early 2019, the Citadines Medini Nusajava boasts 214 units and is ideally located in Nusajava’s main business and leisure district.Ascott chief investment officer Gerald Yong, said as more multinational companies establish themselves in Iskandar, there is increased potential for serviced residences.“Ascott was the first international serviced residence owner and operator in Nusajaya, a major new growth centre of Iskandar, where we recently opened Somerset Puteri Harbour Nusajaya and will be opening Somerset Medini Nusajaya later this year,” Mr Yong said.“Since Ascott entered Malaysia in 1999, we have grown to be the largest international owner and operator of serviced residences in the country.”Ascott was granted the contract for the new property by UMCity Medini Lakeside Development Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of United Malayan Land Bhd (UMLand).Mr Yong says Ascott is pleased to partner with UMLand and commends their vast range of properties throughout Malaysia.“Through this partnership, we will bring our award-winning Citadines brand of serviced residences to Nusajaya,” Mr Yong said.“We see great potential in expanding our Citadines brand in Malaysia and in January 2015 we opened another Citadines Apart’hotel in Cyberjaya.”“With the addition of Citadines Medini Nusajaya, Ascott now has nine properties with more than 1,900 apartment units in Malaysia. This expansion will allow greater synergy and economies of scale in our operations.”Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinsonlast_img read more

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Rep Bellinos air ambulance legislation approved by House

first_img Categories: Bellino News 06Dec Rep. Bellino’s air ambulance legislation approved by House The Michigan House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved air ambulance reform legislation authored by state Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe.Bellino’s measure requires hospitals to transport patients via ground ambulances, rather than air ambulances, unless medically necessary. Patients sometimes are transported to hospitals by air ambulance without it being necessary and are eventually slammed with outrageous medical bills.“To protect patients from being hit hard with air ambulance bills costing in the tens of thousands of dollars, this bill stresses ground ambulance transportation over air,” said Bellino. “Too many patients have gone into debt because of air ambulance medical costs.”Air ambulance companies currently participate in “balance billing” where the patient’s health care provider will pay for a portion of the bill, but not its entirety. This leaves patients with medical bills in the tens of thousands of dollars.“In a case in which an air ambulance is requested, hospitals should order an air transport vehicle from a participating provider with the nonemergency patient’s health benefit plan to help avoid huge billing costs,” Bellino said. “I am happy my colleagues in the House voted in favor of protecting patients. I look forward to working with the Senate to further advance my measure.”House Bill 5217 now moves to the Senate for consideration.last_img read more

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