The Landing’s new General Manager – Hospitality brings rich experience in luxury resorts and accommodation, and a love of Northland’s coastal rural beauty.
In the new year, we’re welcoming an important new member to The Landing team – Garth Solly, who will step into the new role of General Manager of Hospitality, a position has been created as The Landing grows as a luxury accommodation offering.
“We’re delighted to have someone of Garth’s calibre take up this exciting new role,” says Matthew Cockram, chief executive of Cooper and Company, owners of The Landing. “His experience gives us great confidence that he will lead the team well and continue developing exceptional experiences for our guests.”
A keen golfer and horse man, Garth comes to us with a long history in luxury accommodation, including his most recent role at the iconic QT Wellington, where under his stewardship, the hotel was listed in the top seven hotels in the Australasian region by Conde Nast Traveller – the only New Zealand hotel named on the list.
Having worked in and opened hotels and resorts throughout New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, India and Thailand, operating a mix of corporate and leisure hotels and resorts, Garth’s new role marks his return to the Bay of Islands, where he once managed the internationally acclaimed Robertson Lodges of New Zealand from a base at The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs.
When he joins the team in the new year, Garth will work both at The Landing and with the team at The Hotel Britomart in downtown Auckland, assisting in developing the guest experience of The Landing Suites – five luxurious suites that will occupy the top floors of the hotel, due for completion in mid-2020.
“The Landing Suites at The Hotel Britomart are an opportunity for us to bring some of the unique experiences of The Landing that our guests value so highly into the heart of Britomart,” Cockram says.
Alongside his wife Natalie, Garth is actively involved in equestrian pursuits with their daughters, regularly travelling the country competing on their team of ponies. He’s also a lifestyle farmer and is looking forward to returning to the natural rural and coastal beauty of Northland.