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YOUNG TRAILBLAZERS: David Harris, hotel manager, The Langley

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David Harris has a busy few months ahead. He will lead a team of approximately 100 staff members as hotly-anticipated hotel, The Langley, prepares to open its doors this summer.

The Luxury Collection Hotel in Buckinghamshire announced the appointment of Harris in June last year, as the former hunting lodge of the third Duke of Marlborough underwent a significant renovation.

Four years after breaking ground on the project, the finishing touches are being applied before the new 41-bedroom hotel and 25,000 sq ft spa, owned and managed by City & Country Hotels, opens its doors to the paying public for the first time.

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Previously operations manager at the Ashford International Hotel, Harris has more than 18 years’ experience in the hospitality sector. He held his first general manager position at The Marquis at Alkham where he was instrumental in its achievement of the AA Inspectors’ Choice in Britain & Ireland 2015/16 as well as its inclusion in the 2016 editions of the Michelin Guide and The Good Hotel Guide.

Before this, Harris was F&B manager at Eastwell Manor, Hotel & Spa (which has since been acquired by Champneys) where he oversaw a number of large-scale events and developed new procedures with a focus on maintaining its AA Four Red Star status.

Already Harris has managed the pre-launch budget and recruitment processes and now will turn his attention to ensuring the hotel lives up to expectations when it launches in a few months’ time.

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The Langley

Bedrooms: 41

Owned by: City & Country Hotels

Sister properties:  The Wellesley, No.10 Manchester Street, the Royal Hotel Cardiff, Wyck Hill House Hotel

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