Hundreds of Asia’s finest developers, architects, interior designers and real estate agents gathered at the Shangri-la Hotel in Kuala Lumpur on Friday, May 10, to hear the long-anticipated results of the Asia Pacific Property Awards. The Nova Group proudly accepted a Highly Commended award for Residential High-rise Development, Thailand, for The Cliff Residences.
With 429 awards bestowed upon 260 companies from 23 countries in the region, it was the biggest International Property Awards regional event in the awards program’s 19-year history.
(L to R) Michael Bates from the House of Lords, British Parliament with SMEG international business director Paolo Romani, Keith Storey, and SMEG export manager Matteo Lupi.
“We are very proud of this award and in particular, proud that The Cliff was chosen to represent Thailand in this category,” said Rony Fineman, president of the Nova Group. He added, “This is the fourth award The Cliff has now won, having won the Thailand Property Awards last year for Best Condominium Eastern Seaboard. The Cliff was then put forward to compete in the Asia Property Awards in November at Singapore, this time coming second in the Best Condo Thailand category.
“It was also runner up for Best Condominium Eastern Seaboard at the Thailand Property Awards in 2012. This is a great reward for everyone involved in the project and for our customers.”
The International Property Awards received entries from Asia Pacific companies in 23 countries. Newcomer countries to the competition were Mongolia, Bangladesh and Tajikistan with Tajikistan and Bangladesh both receiving one award and Mongolia three awards. Lord Bates from the House of Lords in British Parliament presented the winning companies with special plaques during awards presentations yesterday. Each company was announced as either a ‘Highly Commended’ or ‘5-Star’ winner.
The 5-star winners were placed under further examination and just one from each category, for a total of 43, was selected to represent the Asia Pacific region in the 2013 International Property Awards. The regional winners, which were announced at the close of the awards gala, will go on to compete in the International Final ‘World’s Best’ Property Awards hosted in London this coming December. They will compete against other regional winners from Africa, Arabia, Europe, UK and the Americas to find the ultimate World’s Best in each category.
The Asia Pacific region has an enviable record of achievement at international level. The region was awarded an unbeaten total of 13 World’s Best Awards in 2012: 30% of the world’s awards and double and even triple the amount of awards some of the other regions took home.
Stuart Shield, president of the International Property Awards said, “The record level of participation that we’ve seen from Asia this year has elevated the caliber of this competition. With the bar set so high, the other regions have their work cut out for them if they hope to outshine Asia in the International Property Awards Final event.”
Building upon the success of business events first added to the 2011 award ceremonies, the International Property Awards also hosted a property exhibition and networking events on May 9th and 10th at the same venue. Presidents, CEOs, managing directors, chairmen and other decision makers attended a number of professional networking events, including seminars, discussion tables and an exhibition. The 2013 Asia Pacific Property & Hospitality Show was open to all industry related companies and suppliers in addition to award participants. For the first time ever, the exhibition area was opened to all property enthusiasts, buyers and investors.