Four months after the $52 million Langlands Hotel opened, manager Bryan Townley has resigned. The hotel in Invercargill was yet to reach its peak due to kitchen staff shortages, though Townley said the decision comes from wanting a “total life change.”

Finishing at the end of March, Townley and his wife have decided to take a step back with plans on spending a couple of years away – starting with Perth.

“It’s been a tough decision to leave because we haven’t seen it through to its full potential,” Townley said.

Following years in the hospitality industry, Townley has an expanse of managing experience for Invercargill’s Licensing Trust-owned hotels. With time spent in Kelvin Hotel and Ascot Park Hotel, he took over Langlands in October 2021, 11 months before it officially opened in September 2022. Greatly involved in the set-up and staff recruitment, Townley was a large aspect of the Langlands team.

“He’s been a massive part of bringing Langlands to life,” said Chris Ramsay, Licensing Trust Chief, as he respects Townley’s decision to leave.

Ramsay explained that the occupancy rates for the 78-room hotel over the last four weeks have been better than anticipated, given the time of the year. With corporate visitors returning to the city for the new working year, Ramsay predicts rates to rise by 50-55 percent.

Following the advertisement for someone to fill Townley’s role, a replacement is in the works as final details are resolved. 

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