Dalata Hotel Group plc is Ireland’s largest hotel operator, with a current portfolio of 38 three and four star hotels with over 7,700 rooms. Dalata successfully operate Ireland’s two largest hotel brands, the Clayton and the Maldron Hotels across Ireland and the UK, as well as managing a portfolio of partner hotels. 22 of the hotels are owned by Dalata, 12 hotels are operated under lease agreements and 4 are operated under management agreements. Dalata was founded in June 2007 by Pat McCann with investment from TVC Holdings plc and clients of Davy Property Holdings. In 2007 Dalata acquired a group of companies from Choice Hotels Ireland and in 2008 Dalata rebranded its leased hotels under its own Maldron Hotels brand. Since 2007, Dalata has built a centralised management team with expertise across all areas of the hotel business.