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July 10, 2015

VISIONAPARTMENTS joins The TAS Alliance by Bard Vos


RELEASE - from The TAS Alliance

Wimbledon, London, July 2015

The TAS Alliance - the leading global network of independently owned and operated serviced apartments – is proud to welcome the latest international partner to the Alliance, VISIONAPARTMENTS founded in 1999 and headquartered in Switzerland.

VISIONAPARTMENTS has joined the rapidly expanding portfolio of The TAS Alliance, which has increased in numbers exponentially since its launch over 18 months ago.

VISIONAPARTMENTS currently offers 24 properties in 7 European cities, including Zurich, Vienna, Berlin and Munich. The group has further projects in the development stage in cities like Geneva or Frankfurt. They are known for their commitment to service and style at best city locations. The company advanced from start-up to Switzerland’s market leader in just a short time and is now expanding in phases both domestically and internationally.

“We are delighted to welcome and work with the leadership and the operational teams at VISIONAPARTMENTS, I believe they are one of the most hospitable and stylish operators that exist in our markets today. The company offers a wide range of apartments in their portfolio that is represented in key business hubs. We look forward to assisting them to develop their outbound global sales effort from their home markets”, says Jo Layton, MD – Group Commercial Sales at The Apartment Service.

Anja Graf, CEO and Chairwoman of VISIONAPARTMENTS says, “Signing up with The TAS Alliance is an important step for the development of our company. It’s our answer to the requests we get continuously from our corporate clients asking for serviced apartments in locations where VISIONAPARTMENTS is not yet operating. We are pleased to offer to our corporate clients the opportunity to book temporary living solutions worldwide now and are looking forward to a successful collaboration with The TAS Alliance.”  

Shabina Awan, Director of Alliances and Partnerships for The Apartment Service adds; “we welcome VISIONAPARTMENTS to the TAS Alliance team and look forward to working with them collaboratively over the coming years to both enhance The TAS Alliance offering across our European destinations and to add an excellent and very well presented product and service to our clients. This is a culmination of many strategic discussions.”

For more information about The TAS Alliance, please visit or contact Kevin King – TAS Alliance Director,



About The TAS Alliance

Today there is a unified approach to serviced apartments. The TAS Alliance brings together the best independently-owned and operated serviced apartments in a global network.  Operators that have joined The TAS Alliance work co-operatively to generate creative and sustainable solutions, operating under a single brand, distribution, sales/marketing umbrella - all powered by a common technology platform. As a member of The TAS Alliance, we do not ask for the member to lose their identity, local flavour, brand promises or style, we simply ask members to meet the global requirements of business travellers including cleanliness, friendliness, EIWO. The TAS Alliance is a 100% solution for buyers looking to build, expand or enhance their serviced apartment programmes. Launched in 2014, the TAS Alliance gives corporate buyers access to a fully-connected supply chain to meet their serviced apartment and corporate housing needs globally. For more information visit



Founded in Switzerland in 1999, VISIONAPARTMENTS specialises in the rental of high-quality furnished flats known for their commitment to service and style. The company quickly advanced from start-up to Switzerland's market leader and now offers around a thousand temporary living solutions tailored to its clients' needs in Berlin, Lausanne, Munich, Vienna, Warsaw, and Zurich, with Geneva, Frankfurt and Vevey soon to follow. VISIONAPARTMENTS is now gradually expanding both domestically and abroad while continuing its focus on the German-speaking countries.

For further information please contact:

Jo Layton
MD Group Commercial Sales


Shabina Awan
Director of Alliances & Partnerships

December 6, 2012


Work is now underway on the 4th edition of the Global Serviced Apartments Industry Report, which will be published next summer and distributed to over 3,000 buyers, bookers and users of serviced apartments.
The report is again being compiled by Travel Intelligence Network on behalf of The Apartment Service, and the editors want serviced apartment operators, procurement managers and business travelers’ views on the burning issues in the sector. They especially want to hear from those who can provide a perspective on the issues within each international region.
The next edition of the report – already established as an in-depth reference tool for industry professionals – will again look at supply chain trends in Africa, Asia, Australasia, Central & South America, Europe, the Middle East, the USA & Canada. 
As Charles McCrow, Managing Director of The Apartment Service explains, a lot has happened in the two years since the last edition of the report was published, and he is anxious that the content of the latest edition should accurately reflect what has taken place in each region.
“We have created dedicated LinkedIn groups for global regions in which buyers and suppliers can suggest and debate the short and medium term outlook for serviced apartments and the factors driving that outlook.”
“In the new year we will be re-opening our online survey and hope that anyone involved in the apartments sector will take part. Anyone interested should contact Bard Vos in our marketing team at
The main report discussion group can be found at: 
About The Apartment Service:
The Apartment Service was started in 1981 and was one of the first companies to create a global network of corporate serviced apartments. Today we are the largest European booking agent for serviced apartments, offering solutions worldwide to clients requiring an efficient cost-effective solution to their temporary accommodation requirements. 

November 20, 2012

My Business Trip to Warsaw by Bard Vos & Maggy Sainsbury

During the month of October, I went on a Business Trip to the amazing Capital of Poland- Warsaw. Warsaw is the largest city of Poland and it has nearly 3 million residents. Warsaw is one of the fastest developing cities in The European Union and its financial centre hosts the headquarters of many banks and companies, and this offers great business opportunities. The city had to be rebuilt after being extensively damaged during the World War II but nowadays, there is a big industrial potential and an interesting telecommunication infrastructure.

I have had the pleasure to stay with Apartments Apart which is a great serviced apartment provider established in Warsaw as well as offering serviced accommodation other key cities destinations in Europe. The apartments are in excellent location and a great quality/ price ratio. I have also had the chance to meet up with other serviced apartments providers such as Intercontinental and extended stay suppliers such as Mamaison. Finally, I have met with a Relocation agent and a Real Estate Network agent. Their local expertise about products and services can help us in case we need to do a CAS (Complete Accommodation Solutions) for an area in demand in which we don’t have partners. At The Apartment Service, we are always listening to your needs so we can provide you innovative accommodation solutions.

Joaquin Cababie
International Corporate Housing Coordinator
The Apartment Service

August 10, 2012

The Apartment Service has been nominated for an EMMA!!! by Bard Vos

The Apartment Service is pleased to announce that we have been nominated for a prestigious EMMA Award (Expatriate Management & Mobility) organised by the Forum for Expatriate Management in the category Best Corporate Housing Provider. The ceremony will take place on the 19th October at Plaza Riverbank in London. For more information about the awards and all nominated companies, please click here.



The Apartment Service provides since 1981 bespoke solutions for temporary serviced accommodation requirements worldwide. For an initial consultation why not give us a ring on 020-89443612 or email



June 25, 2012

My business trip to Paris by Bard Vos & Maggy Sainsbury

This June I went to Paris on a business trip,thecapital and largest city ofFrance located onthe riverSeine.Paris, the world's most popular city destination and has plenty of must-see places. Among them: Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, Champs- Elysees or Versailles Palace.With millions tourists annually in the city,Paris is themost visited city in the world. However Paris isALSOtoday one of the world's leadingbusiness centers, and its influences inpolitics,education,fashionand thearts contribute to its status as one of the world's majorglobal cities. The business district is situated in La Defense where major hotel brands operate and compete.
This time I have had the pleasure to stay in an Adagio property. Adagio Montmartre is situated near the Sacre Coeur, an amazing apartment in a unique location with great views of the whole of Paris. I would definitely recommend these apartments to anyone staying for business or leisure purposes.
Joaquin Cababie
International Property Coordinator- Suppliers
The Apartment Service
5-6 Francis Grove, Wimbledon, London, SW19 4DT
Direct Line +44 20 8944 3664
Mobile +44 7432 136171

May 16, 2012

The Apartment Service at the Totally Expat Show - 14 May 2012 by Kylie Mann


The Apartment Service once again exhibited at the 3rd Annual London Totally Expat Show on Monday. This year it was held in a new location at the Business Design Centre, which was bright, airy and easily accessible from Angel Underground Station. It was a delight arriving at 8am to find our stand had already been delivered. After setting up the TAS stand we had time for a quick coffee and a chat, with familiar faces we had seen at EuRA a few weeks before.



The exhibition opened at 10am and as always it was well attended and the TAS stand was constantly buzzing. We had a brilliant stand located in the centre of the exhibition which allowed easy access to network with both our existing and new Global Mobility clients. The Totally Expat show is not only a great opportunity for TAS to interact with like minded professionals, but to also attend seminars to further enhance our knowledge of the industry that we have a strong passion for.

We look forward to exhibiting again next year!


Kylie Mann

The Apartment Service 


Sales Manager Sara Calvo - ready to receive visitors to the Apartment 

Service stand. 


For a full set of pictures of the Totally Expat Show, please click here

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 Website: 

February 22, 2012

The Apartment Service at the Business Travel Show by Kylie Mann


The Business Travel Show was a great success with the sales team representing TAS over the period of 2 days at Earl's Court Exhibition Centre. The venue was well laid out for exhibitors, attendees and the various workshops that they were running throughout the day. There was a great coverage from various sectors including serviced apartments, airlines, travel management companies and software companies just to name a few.


The exhibition was well attended and we had a constant stream of clients throughout the day at both our stand in the ASAP pavilion and our stand in the main arena. On the first day TAS was represented by Oyinda, Renata, Melissa, Leticia, Sara and I. We all had a great day interacting with prospective clients and providers as well as enjoyed the chocolate fountain, sweet bags and a few drinks at the end of the night exhibitors networking bash.


The second day was just as good with Oyinda, Tess and Kim representing TAS. They caught up with a lot of familiar faces but also met a mix of new agents and corporate clients whom we may be able to do business with in the future. Both days were thoroughly enjoyed by the sales team and we look forward to catching up with the new corporate clients and agents that we all met.


Kylie Mann

Business Development Executive - Agents


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



October 24, 2011

Publication Global Serviced Apartments Industry Report 2011-12 by Bard Vos

The long awaited Global Serviced Apartments Industry Report has now been published. The hard copy version has been sent out to those who preregistered to receive one and the PDF version will go out shortly. Via our blog we welcome all comments on the report as a whole, or on individual articles and other contributions which will help us with future reports.


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