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Richard Kaldor Named Director of Operations 
in Vietnam for Accor
April 1999: Accor has appointed Richard Kaldor as the new Director of Operations in Vietnam, replacing Ricardo Perran, who has retired. Kaldor will also remain General Manager of Vietnamís most historic hotel, Sofitel Metropole Hanoi, which he has managed since 1996.
Sofitel Metropole
15 Ngo Quyen, Hanoi, Vietnam 
Kaldor will oversee the operations of Accorís five hotels in Vietnam Ė the Sofitel Metropole Hanoi, Sofitel Dalat Palace, Novotel Dalat, Novotel Ocean Dunes Resort (Phan Thiet) and the new Sofitel Saigon Plaza. Accor is the largest international hotel group in Vietnam, and Sofitel Metropole Hanoi was the first hotel in Vietnam to be rated officially as a 5-star hotel.

Mr Kaldor has been a General Manager in Sofitel hotels for a number of years, coming 

to the Sofitel Metropole after managing the historic Sofitel Central Hua Hin in Thailand and the Sofitel Hyland Shanghai in China. 

Accor also announced a new General Manager at the Sofitel Saigon Plaza. Jacques Serpollier, takes over from Mr Ricardo Perran, who has retired after an illustrious career in the hotel industry. Mr Perran joined Accor in 1987 and played a pioneering role in Accorís expansion into Vietnam, being appointed as General Manager of the Sofitel Metropole in 1991 and then opening the Sofitel Saigon Plaza last year. Mr Perran was recently awarded the Chevalier in the National Order of Merit, recommended by the French Embassy in Hanoi. 

Mr Serpollier joins the Sofitel Plaza Saigon after 26 years of high-level experience with Accor, working in France, the French Caribbean, New Caledonia and Indonesia. Most recently, he was General Manager of Novotel hotels in Malaysia and Singapore. 

In another anouncement, Edouard George has been appointed Regional Director of Sales - Accor Vietnam, effective from 1st April. Mr George is highly experienced in Vietnam, having worked at both Sofitel Metropole Hanoi and Sofitel Saigon Plaza. Previously he managed Accor Asia Pacificís sales office in Paris. 

Accor is the largest hotel operator in Vietnam. The company operates Sofitel hotels in Hanoi, Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and Dalat, as well Novotel hotels in Dalat and Phan Thiet.

Edouard George, 
tel: (84-8) 823-5445 
fax: (84-8) 823 5447 
or e-mail:
Also See: Hotel and Tourism Development in Vietnam / Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing / Nov 1997 
Vietnam - An Emerging Hospitality Market in Transition / Arthur Andersen / Spring 1996 

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