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Shama supports “I’m FINished WITH FINS”

by shama 31. March 2014 13:30

 

31 March 2014, Hong Kong – Hong Kong is the world's shark fin trade capital and a vast amount of shark fins is consumed everyday."I'm FINishes with Fins", a campaign aims to decrease the consumption of shark fins, is launched by WWF-Hong Kong, Shark Savers, WildAid, National Geographic, and Nat Geo Wild, and Shama proudly supports this meaningful event.

 

Hong Kong accounts for 50 percent of the global shark fin trade. The Hong Kong government has the opportunity to demonstrate leadership in protecting sharks, starting with adopting a no shark fin consumption policy for their own official events. However, support from the whole community is also needed. "I'm FINishes with Fins" is asking 100,000 Hong Kongers to pledge through an online platform (http://www.finishedwithfins-hk.org/#!pledge/c4om) not to consume shark fin soup, and educate the public that it is socially acceptable to say "no" to shark fins.

 

Please join us and pledge today. We can do more for our earth and environment.

 

Earth Hour 2014

by shama 28. March 2014 10:30

 

28 March 2014, Hong Kong – On Saturday, 29 March 2014 between 8:30 to 9.30 pm, as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility, Shama and our employees will take part in Earth Hour – the world’s largest global climate change event. By simply switching off all non-essential lighting for one hour at our buildings and in our own homes, we will join hundreds of millions of people throughout the world in a commitment to help creating a more sustainable planet.

 

Earth Hour is an event led by the World Wildlife Fund started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia and is now the world’s largest global climate change initiative. Earth Hour 2014’s campaign “Use Your Power” is a call for every individual, every business and every community throughout the world to raise awareness for the planet, make change a reality and to go beyond the hour by committing to a lasting action.

 

Shama cares about the environment and the future of our planet, and knows that we can all make a positive change. Please join us in this important and inspiring effort tomorrow. Earth Hour 2014 will certainly be able to offer you a lovely evening.

 

 

Shama visits the elderly from St. James’ Settlement and celebrates Christmas with them

by shama 24. December 2013 03:57

 

24 December 2013, Hong Kong – Christmas is just around the corner. Shama Hong Kong organized a Christmas party on 23 December 2013, and a total of 17 volunteers joined and celebrated the festival with the elderly from St. James’ Settlement.

 

Thirty-one elderly were served lunch and received donated food gifts. The volunteers initiated to escort them home as the package of the food gifts was too heavy. The effort of the volunteers was greatly appreicated by the elderly who left with big smiles. 

 

St. James’ Settlement was established in 1949 and serves the community and needy, more than 10,000times of people daily in Hong Kong, and provide both community supports to residential care, from healthy to disabled persons’ service.

 

 

 

 

Shama joins the Salvation Army Recycling Programme

by shama 15. December 2013 08:00

15 December 2013, Hong Kong – Shama has joined the Salvation Army Recycling Programme since November 2012. As this is an on-going programme, Shama aims to collect clothing and goods through out the whole year and donate them to the needed ones. 

 

The donated items are sorted, distributed, and sold in Family Stores of the Salvation Army. Some will be directly helping people in need, such as home alone elderly, street sleepers, ex-prisoners and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients. Shama has successfully collected over 200 pieces of clothes and electrical items from tenants and colleagues for Salvation Army in 2013.

 

The Salvation Army is an International Christian church and charity working in 126 countries and has been serving Hong Kong for over 80 years. With the commitment to transforming lives, caring for people and making disciples, the Salvation Army is currently operating 79 social services units, 32 schools and nurseries, 17 corps (churches) and 1 outpost and 15 Family Stores in Hong Kong and Macau. There are offices in Hong Kong, Beijing and Yunnan for poverty alleviation development in China.

 

Shama works with Feeding Hong Kong to alleviate hunger problems in Hong Kong

by shama 1. December 2013 10:20

 

11 November 2013, Hong Kong - To give back to our community, Shama recently has partnered with Feeding Hong Kong (FHK) to run “food without boundaries” program. It aims to alleviate hunger in Hong Kong, donate food item to people in need, and bring the awareness of reducing food leftover.

Despite relative economic prosperity, over 18% of the population in Hong Kong lives under the poverty line. This figure includes people from all walks of life, in every district of Hong Kong. At the same time, more than 3,200 tonnes of food is thrown away each and every day. This discarded food is not only taking up valuable space in our city's limited landfills but is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Our tenants and colleagues are welcome to donate their unused food, which could be one of any following items:

  • Rice,
  • Noodles,
  • Pasta,
  • Cooked Oil,
  • Canned Vegetables,
  • Canned Fish,
  • Canned Fruit,
  • Biscuits and Crackers, and
  • Milk

For food safety reasons, we are not able to use:

  • Rusty or unlabeled cans,
  • Perishable items (fresh food, bread or food requiring refrigeration),
  • Open or used items (including self-packed), and
  • Items past their expiry date

 

But any food items which meet the safety requirements are also accepted at any time.

FHK is the first Hong Kong food bank dedicated to rescuing surplus nutritious food from retailers, distributors and manufacturers and redistributing it to people in need. The task is to fight hunger in Hong Kong and at the same time reduce the amount of quality food that is being sent to the city's landfills.

 

FHK is an accredited member ofThe Global Food Banking Network, an international non-profit organisation dedicated to creating and strengthening food banks and national food bank networks.

 

It works tirelessly to raise awareness about poverty and food insecurity in Hong Kong and promote healthy eating and nutritional education to the most vulnerable groups in the community.

 

The supplies of FHK are given free of charge by generous partners in the food industry. Canned and packaged food items are donated because of approaching sell-by dates, labelling errors, discontinued brands, surplus inventory, minor recipe variations or damaged packaging. It also rescues fresh bread, sandwiches and salads that would typically be thrown away due to their short shelf life.

 

The food is sorted and delivered to partner charities. Each consignment is tailored to meet the needs of the individual charity and those that rely on it. By supporting existing food programmes, FHK makes efficient use of established distribution channels to make a difference.

 

More details of FHK can be found at http://feedinghk.org.

 

Shama donates blankets to Shanghai Young Bakers students

by shama 1. December 2013 10:00

 

8 November 2013, Shanghai – Shama has been working with Shanghai Young Bakers (SYB) regularly including selling students’ baked goods at farmers markets. As the weather is getting colder at night, we have decided to take a step further by collecting blankets and comforters from our tenants and donated all of them to SYB students.

 

Started in 2008 by a team of 12 French volunteers, SYB provides a fully-sponsored French & Asian bakery training to disadvantaged Chinese youth. Due to the growing demand of bread on the Chinese market and the lack of qualified bakers, SYB graduates easily find a stable, qualified job after graduation and pull themselves out of the poverty cycle.

 

“Give an orphan some bread, you feed him for one day; teach him how to bake, you feed him for a lifetime!”

 

Initially six-months long, the training now lasts one year. In addition to bakery classes and practical internships, life skills and English classes have been added to further the graduates' career development opportunities. Since its inception, approximately 100 students have successfully graduated and a 6th batch is under way!

 

SYB is not only doing charity. By giving disadvantaged youth the opportunity to learn a valuable skill, they are empowered to lead independent lives and help others in return.

 

For more information of SYB, please visit http://www.shanghaiyoungbakers.com/home.

 

Shama Corporate Update: Brand Update and New openings in China

by Shama 8. July 2013 01:26

 

Shanghai. 20 June 2013. – Shama, Asia’s leading serviced apartment provider recently secured three new management contracts in Beijing, Chengdu and Guangzhou.  Shama Heda Hangzhou is also nearing completion and will open in the third quarter of 2013.  To cater to the various market needs in the serviced apartments sector, Shama will also be introducing Shama Lite, a value oriented extension of the Shama brand. 

 

Mr. Tommy Lai, Vice President of Development, ONYX Hospitality Group (North Asia), said: 

 

“The recently secured management contracts in China reinforce Shama’s position and presence as a market leader in Greater China. This is especially the case in second tier cities like Chengdu, Hangzhou, Suzhou and Tianjin- cities that we will be focusing on to expand Shama’s ever increasing portfolio. These cities show the most growth potential for the quality living and lifestyle that Shama has to offer.”

 

SHAMA BRAND UPDATE

Shama will introduce Shama Lite as a further diversification of the Shama brand, which already offers Shama and Shama Luxe properties at selected locations across Asia.  Shama Lite will offer value-orientated serviced apartments. Whilst the unit size and specifications of Shama Lite are geared to a more mid-market profile, there will be no compromise on Shama’s design concepts, comfort and safety standards. Often located in more residential areas, Shama Lite is designed to appeal to discerning business travellers and families looking for an affordable stylish home away from home. 

 

EXPANSION PLANS AND DEVELOPMENTS

 

Shama Heda Hangzhou- Opening Q3 2013

As a part of the national-grade development zone, Hangzhou Economic & Technological Development Area (HEDA), Shama Heda Hangzhou is now close to completion and will open its doors in the third quarter of 2013. This first Shama property in Hangzhou comprises 102 luxuriously appointed one and two bedroom units. It provides facilities such as a home theatre room, under floor heating system, fitness centre, breakfast lounge and business centre. 

 

Shama BCS Beijing- Opening 2015

The latest management contract to be signed for Shama is for a 123-unit property in Beijing, situated in the luxurious Shunyi Yanglin District. The area is home to various prestigious international schools and the Capital International Airport is within 10 minutes’ drive. The property is expected to open in 2015.

 

Shama Chengdu- Opening 2015

Shama Chengdu will be strategically situated in the residential district of the Chengdu Tianfu New Area, the city’s latest urban development. Surrounded by hi-tech industrial zone, embassy area, and convention area, Shama Chengdu will serve the housing needs of corporate clients. The property will consist of 101 units and is scheduled to open in 2015. 

 

Shama Guangzhou- Opening 2016

The latest Shama management contract is for a property in a prime area of Guangzhou, nearby the convention centre. The 112-unit apartment property will also feature a rooftop garden, fitness centre, and a breakfast lounge. It is expected to open in 2016.  



About Shama
Shama is ONYX’s serviced apartment provider epitomising comfort, style and luxury. Shama appeals to discerning 
executives and families wanting more than just a stylish place to stay but an aspirational lifestyle. Thoughtful service is at 
the heart of the Shama experience, ensuring guests always feel at home. Visit www.shama.com

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Shama honoured as Top 10 Best Serviced Apartments

by Shama 3. April 2013 07:57

 

March 27, 2013, Hong Kong – We are delighted to announce that the leading serviced apartment brand Shama was recently

awarded “Top 10 Best Serviced Apartment” by Gohome.com.hk at GOHOME Serviced Apartment Award 2012-2013 held on

15th March 2013 in Hong Kong. The serviced apartment brand now boasts 12 properties with a portfolio of 1,429 apartments

in Greater China and Thailand.

 

GoHome.com.hk is Hong Kong’s No. 1 online property platform, with a market-leading presence among HK property buyers

and real estate professionals. Over the years, GoHome has provided the most comprehensive serviced apartment listings

and information to the global citizens seeking quality living in the city. This year, GoHome hosted the first “GoHome Serviced

Apartment Awards 2012-13” to acknowledge the outstanding serviced apartments. 

 

Mr. Simon Dell, Vice President of Operations for ONYX North Asia said, “Shama takes great pride in creating an aspirational

lifestyle for each of its tenant’s and help them live like locals. Since 2001 Shama has built a very strong brand in the service 

apartment industry in Asia Pacific. Operating under ONYX Hospitality Group, Shama will continue to strengthen its 

positioning as a market leader in both Hong Kong and Greater China whilst propelling growth in the Asian region.”

 

For more information on Shama, please visit www.shama.com  

 

Photo caption: Ms. Marilyn Fu, Director, Sales & Marketing of ONYX North Asia receives GoHome's "Top 10 Best Serviced Apartment award" on behalf of Shama Management Ltd.

 

About Shama

Shama is ONYX’s serviced apartment provider epitomising comfort, style and luxury. Shama appeals to discerning executives and families wanting more than just a stylish place to stay but an aspirational lifestyle. Thoughtful service is at the heart of the Shama experience, ensuring guests always feel at home. Visit www.shama.com

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Service apartment industry leader Shama awarded by Hong Kong Business magazine and The Forum for Expatriate Management

by Shama 30. January 2013 08:54

January 16, 2013- Hong Kong – Leading serviced apartment operator Shama recently was awarded High Flyers Award 2012 of “Serviced Apartment category” by Hong Kong Business magazine and honoured as Highly Commended Corporate Housing Provider of the Year 2012 in the Expatriate Management & Mobility Award (EMMAs) hosted by The Forum for Expatriate Management.

 

Launched in 2004, the annual prestigious Hong Kong Business High-Flyers Awards celebrates the success of the SAR’s top business leaders—individuals at the forefront of Hong Kong’s economic growth, and companies who continually redefine what success means in the world’s freest economy. In the 9th year of recognizing local business leaders, 28 Hong Kong’s most notable companies across different industries including Shama Management Ltd. for the serviced apartment category were awarded on 15th January 2013 for their unmatched business performance and first rate customer service.

 

Having received over 500 entries and being selected by a panel of judges who are representatives from the mobility industry, the EMMA awards celebrate excellence in the global mobility field for Asia Pacific region. On 3rd December 2012, Shama was honoured as the Highly Commended Corporate Housing Provider of the Year 2012 at the inaugural Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards (EMMA) for Asia Pacific region held by the Forum for Expatriate Management in Hong Kong.

 

Mr. Simon Dell, Vice President of Operations for ONYX North Asia said, “The two awards reaffirm the commitment of Shama team to offering unrivalled service and exceptional lifestyle. I would like to attribute this honour to our staff. Shama has built a very strong brand in the service apartment industry in Asia Pacific over the last decade. Operating under the ONYX Hospitality Group, Shama will continue to strengthen its positioning as a market leader in both Hong Kong and Greater China whilst propelling growth in the Asian region.

 

For more information on Shama, please visit http://www.shama.com/

Photo caption: Mr. Simon Dell, Vice President, Operations for ONYX North Asia office, receives the Hong Kong Business’ High Flyers Award “Serviced Apartment Catergory” award on behalf of Shama Management Ltd.from the Editor-in-chief Mr. Tim Charlton.

 

 

About Shama

Shama is ONYX’s luxury serviced apartment provider that epitomises comfort, style and luxury. Shama was established in 2001. The brand operates two tiers of serviced apartments, consisting of Shama and a premiere tier called Shama Luxe. It currently operates 12 properties in prime commercial and residential districts in gateway cities including Bangkok, Dalian, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Visit www.shama.com

 

 

 

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Industry Leader Shama Entitled “Best Serviced Apartment Operator of Asia” By AHF’s Asia Hotel Awards

by admin 21. November 2012 09:59

October 11, 2012- Shanghai The 5th Asia Hotel Awards, which is held concurrently with the International Hotel Investment Summit and jointly organized by the Asia Hotel Forum and Phoenix PHC, recently commenced in Shanghai. Leading serviced apartment operator Shama was awarded “Best Serviced Apartment Operator of Asia” at the event, following an increasingly stringent selection process.

 

The annual Asia Hotel Forum’s International Hotel Investment Summit is a comprehensive platform for constructive exchanges on the latest hospitality industry trends for hoteliers, property developers and investors. The annual Asia Hotel Awards held at the summit is widely recognized by the industry as a prestigious recognition within the global hotel investment sector. Every year the award attracts entries from top property developers, hotel management teams and service providers.

 

Operating under the ONYX Hospitality Group, Shama was selected as the recipient of the “Best Serviced Apartment Operator of Asia” award based on the unanimous recognition among the judge panel of the brand’s overall brand equity, return on investment value, and satisfactory relationships with its property owners.

 

“In terms of the investment value of our properties and relationships with our owners, Shama has always been proud of its achievements. This award is a recognition of Shama’s achievements within the industry and among property investors, which brings us much delight and encouragement. Shama remains proactive in cultivating growth in the Chinese mainland market, and is committed to creating more value for our investors,” said Mr. Tommy Lai, Vice President, Development, for ONYX North Asia office.

 

In addition to the great honour from the Asia Hotel Awards, two of Shama properties in Shanghai have also won important accolades from the Best Home of Shanghai awards, with Shama Century Park named “Best Park View” and Shama Luxe at Xintiandi chosen for “Best Interior Decoration” of Best Home 2012. Best Home is an annual award platform for serviced apartments and villas in shanghai, hosted by the city’s leading English magazine City Weekend. Award winners are chosen for merits with regards to quality of service, location and overall design of property and facilities, by selection panels comprising professional editors, management and HR personnel, as well as property agents. The results of online polls are also incorporated into the final selection process.

 

Shama remains dedicated to creating aspirational lifestyles and personalized living experiences. Apart from offering the highest quality of service, Shama continues to maintain the highest standards with respect to site selection and property design.

 

For more information on Shama, please visit http://www.shama.com/

 

Photo caption: Mr. Tommy Lai, Vice President, Development for ONYX North Asia office, receives the AHF’s prestigious “Best Serviced Apartment Operator of Asia” award on behalf of Shama

About Shama
Shama is ONYX’s luxury serviced apartment provider that epitomises comfort, style and luxury. Shama was established in 2001. The brand operates two tiers of serviced apartments, consisting of Shama and a premiere tier called Shama Luxe. It currently operates 12 properties in prime commercial and residential districts in gateway cities including Bangkok, Dalian, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Visit www.shama.com

 

ONYX Hospitality Group operates four diverse yet complementary hotel brands – Saffron, Amari, Shama  and OZO - each catering to the distinctive requirements of today’s business and leisure travellers. The Thailand-based hotel management company also manages a portfolio of independently owned or franchised properties throughout Thailand (www.oamhotels.com). ONYX reaches beyond its Thai roots to offer innovative management solutions across the Indian Ocean, Arabian Gulf and Asia-Pacific regions. Visit www.onyx-hospitality.com

 

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