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 Shangri-La Hotels Named Didier Le Calvez Executive Vice President, Europe and
North America and General Manager of the Shangri-La Hotel, Palais d’Iena, Paris

January 18, 2007 - Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, Asia Pacific’s leading luxury hotel group, has appointed Didier Le Calvez as executive vice president, Europe and North America and general manager of the Shangri-La Hotel, Palais d’Iena, Paris, opening early 2009.  Mr. Le Calvez will report directly to Shangri-La’s chief executive officer.

In this newly created, Paris-based position, Mr. Le Calvez will be responsible for leading Shangri-La’s impending rapid expansion into the West.  He will introduce and maintain Shangri-La’s signature standards of Asian-style service excellence not only in Paris, but in new hotels opening over the next three years in London, Vancouver, Chicago, Miami and Las Vegas, and projects soon to be announced in New York, Toronto and other gateway cities.  He is charged with positioning these hotels as market leaders in each location.

Didier Le Calvez joins Shangri-La from eight years as vice president and general manager of Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris and a total of 18 years with Four Seasons.   His celebrated 30-year hospitality career has included general manager positions at the Pierre and Plaza hotels in New York and The Regent Singapore.  Previously, he was vice president food and beverage worldwide for Westin Hotels.

“I have known Didier Le Calvez for 28 years and can say he is uniquely qualified to spearhead our expansion into Europe and North America,” said Giovanni Angelini, Shangri-La CEO and managing director.  “He is one of the world’s great hoteliers -- a visionary strategist who is obsessed with quality.”

“He brings not only extensive experience in Europe, the U.S. and Asia, but demonstrated success in introducing a new international luxury brand to Paris, which will be critical in the opening of our own first European hotel there.”

Didier Le Calvez was named 2006 Hotelier of the Year at the World Hospitality Awards and New York’s Best General manager by the New York Hotel Association in 1995.  He was awarded the Chevalier de L’Ordre du Merite by the French government in 2002.

The 110 year-old palais of Prince Roland Bonaparte, grand nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte, will open as the 104-room Shangri-La Hotel, Palais d’Iena, Paris in early 2009.  All elements will be in place for the hotel to be considered a “palace” hotel.

Located at 10, avenue d’Iena, near the Trocadero in Paris’ prestigious 16th arrondissement, the building offers some of the city’s finest views of the River Seine and the Eiffel Tower, with the Champs Elysées and Arc de Triomphe within walking distance. Facilities will include two restaurants, meeting facilities, library, indoor swimming pool, retail space, a business lounge, and CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La.

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, Asia Pacific’s leading luxury hotel group, currently manages 49 hotels under the five-star Shangri-La and four-star Traders brands, with a rooms inventory of over 23,000.  The group has over 40 projects under development in Canada, mainland China, France, India, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Qatar, Seychelles, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States. For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at


 Lori Lincoln
Director of Public Relations, North America
Tel: (212) 382-3155
Fax: (212) 382-3329

Also See: Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts Signs 30 Year Agreement to Operate 195 room Shangri-La Hotel at London Bridge Tower; First New-build Five-star Hotel in the Central London In a Decade / February 2005
Shangri-La Asia Acquires Historic Palais In Prime Paris Location For Its First European Hotel / January 2006

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