One of Luxury Hospitality’s Greatest, The Dorchester Collection’s Francois Delahaye speaks to Renae from Paris about the road ahead for luxury travel.
Francois Delahaye is one of the most lauded and respected identities within the luxury hotel industry globally.
Based in Paris, he is Chief Operating Officer of the Dorchester Collection, and he has been at The Dorchester Collection for more than 23 years, and started as General Manager of the prestigious Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris in 1999.
Mr Delahaye has been at the forefront of growing and steering the extraordinary ten properties within the prestigious Dorchester Collection Hotel Group into the global luxury leaders they are today.
With a reputation in the industry as professional, passionate and committed to the world of luxury hotels, here Mr Delahaye opens up in this candid conversation about his incredible career in luxury hotels, the lucky breaks he has experienced along the way and how things are changing at the top end of luxury travel globally.
He talks to Renae about the significant changes the European hotel industry has undergone in recent years, the changes ahead and shares some of his most intimate moments in the business, including his celebrity encounter at The Dorchester Collection’s Beverly Hills Hotel at breakfast with Tom Cruise when he did not recognise him, his work with royalty almost from the moment he started in hospitality and his mum, who he credits for his career.