Dalançon to lead Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

Waldorf Astoria Hotels Resorts has announced the appointment of Etienne Dalançon as general manager of the upcoming Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi.

With more than 20 years of experience in various roles within the hospitality industry, Dalançon joined the Hilton team in 2018, and was most recently general manager of opening projects at Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

Over the years, he has strengthened his experience across multiple geographies including Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, as well as in his native home of France.

Daniel Welk, vice president, luxury and lifestyle, Hilton, Asia Pacific, said: “We are delighted to have Etienne on board, overseeing the team at Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi to offer unrivalled service to discerning global travellers.

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“With his immense experience in the industry, his appointment represents our commitment to delivering unforgettable experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time.”

In addition to his experience in hotel management as general manager of Park Hyatt Shanghai, alongside opening hotels such as Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome in 2002, Dalançon also has a strong background in sales and marketing, having previously held senior positions at Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

“I am incredibly excited about the opportunity to be a part of such an iconic brand,” said Dalançon.

“Waldorf Astoria has redefined hospitality for the modern-day traveller in landmark locations all around the world, and I am thrilled to be able to play a part in driving this through the forthcoming opening of Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi.”

Spanning three islands in the South Male Atoll, a short 30-minute yacht journey away from Malé International Airport, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi will offer a private escape for couples and families seeking the luxury of space and exclusivity, as well as unique experiences, including a private sandbank available for guests to turn into their own playground paradise.