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Tony Chisholm Appointed General Manager
at the Sofitel Dalat Palace, VietNam

DALAT, Vietnam (28 January 2008) — Danao International Holdings Limited (DIHL) has begun its strategic implementation of a plan to reinvigorate Dalat and make it an international travel destination.  
In January, Accor's Tony Chisholm moved to Dalat to assume the role of general manager at the Sofitel Dalat Palace, a French colonial-style retreat in the Central Highlands that has been a fixture on the country’s luxury lodging landscape for almost 90 years. 
“The Dalat Palace ranks as one of the finest hotels in Vietnam, and in all of Southeast Asia,” said Baron Ah Moo, CEO of DIHL. “Our challenge is to take an already historic property and make it legendary. Tony Chisholm will be instrumental in that effort.”
Chisholm, who possesses more than a decade of hotel management experience, most recently served as resident manager of the Novotel Clarke Quay Singapore. During his two-year tenure, he helped the property win “Best Venue for a Corporate Meeting” at the 2006 Singapore Business Events Awards.
The appointment of Chisholm is the first in a series of moves that DIHL expects to carry out in Dalat, where two more of the company’s properties—the lauded Dalat Palace Golf Club and the 144-room Novotel Dalat Hotel—are located.
“Before the Lang Bian Hotel [now the Palace] was built, Dalat was virtually unknown,” said Chisholm, who will run both hotels. “An entire town grew up around the Palace and its sister property, and I get to help carry on their tradition. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime.”
The Sofitel Dalat Palace was built in 1922 as the anchor to the fledgling colonial resort of Dalat, 300 kilometers northeast of Ho Chi Minh City. Twelve years later, the Novotel Dalat (originally known as Hotel du Parc) was erected as an annex to the Palace.
In 1991, Danao International Holdings initiated a multi-million-dollar resuscitation of the historic structures. The original vision for Danao, and the revival of its current assets, was stimulated by Larry Hillblom, the American tycoon whose surname is the “H” in the express delivery company DHL.
Chisholm’s latest undertaking is not his first in Vietnam. Prior to Singapore, he was director of operations at the Sofitel Plaza Saigon for two years. 

The lakeside Sofitel Dalat Palace, located in the heart of Dalat ( 12 Tran Phu Street, Dalat, Vietnam )surrounded by a park, has an original 1920s style and charm.  It has 38 rooms and 5 suites, a gastronomic restaurant, a brasserie serving international and local cuisine, a piano bar, Larry's bar, and 7 meeting rooms accommodating up to 300 delegates. There are shops, tennis courts and a golf course nearby.


Based in Ho Chi Minh City, Danao manages a portfolio of hotels, resorts and serviced apartments, including the five-star Sofitel Dalat Palace Hotel, four-star Novotel Dalat, Dalat Palace Golf Club, four-star Novotel Ocean Dunes, Ocean Dunes Golf Club, and the Riverside Apartments in Ho Chi Minh City. Danao Resorts was recently ranked one of the top US companies in Vietnam by a leading hospitality industry publication. 
In 2006, Indochina Land, a division of Indochina Capital, acquired a majority interest in Danao, joining Dragon Capital as joint investors in the Danao portfolio. Founded in 1999, Indochina Capital ranks as one of Vietnam’s leading financial services firms, and also owns a significant share in Mekong Securities, a leading Vietnamese broker/dealer and investment bank. Dragon Capital was established in 1994 and is involved in raising and investing capital, advising both Vietnamese and international companies, and operating securities and asset management businesses.


Scott Resch

Also See: Vietnam's Largest Resort Property, Vinpearl Resort & Spa in Nha Trang, Will be Re-branded to Sofitel / February 2005


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