Franck LaFourcade has returned to the Sofitel
Legend Metropole Hanoi as General Manager.
General Manager of the Metropole from 2000 to
2005, LaFourcade has come back to the hotel after nearly nine
years in China, managing Sofitel properties in Shanghai as a
General Manager and as an Area General Manager.
The hotel he has inherited from the previous
General Manager, Kai Speth, is good deal larger than the hotel he
left in 2005, with 364 rooms now, compared to the 232 rooms available in
“Many people could look at the Metropole today
and say, ‘Voilà, there’s no more to do,’” said LaFourcade. “But
for a hotelier, the glass is always half full. We have endless
opportunities in store, and a few surprises, too, as we work to
build on the able accomplishments of my predecessors.”
A French national, LaFourcade is a 1980 graduate
of the prestigious Lausanne Hotel School in Switzerland, who
relocated to Asia in 1990 and has never looked back.
his first stint as a General Manager in Phnom Penh in 1993, and
has moved on through the years to Singapore, Pusan (Korea) and
Jakarta before his time in Hanoi and his long run in Shanghai.
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