Veteran Aussie hotelier returns to Gold Coast to open luxe Langham hotel

John O’Shea has been appointed general manager of The Langham, Gold Coast and The Jewel Residences, Gold Coast, which are both scheduled to open in 2022.

Born in Brisbane and raised in Queensland, Australia, O’Shea has more than 40 years’ experience in pre-openings, hotel renovations, operations, re-branding, and food and beverage within the hospitality industry.

During his career, he has been involved in six hotel openings and worked at five resorts in key travel destinations across the Asia Pacific.

O’Shea’s most recent role was managing director of Splash Beach Resort & Villas in Phuket, Thailand, where he oversaw the resort’s renovation and rebranding, which comprised of 611 rooms, suites, penthouses and villas.

O’Shea first joined Langham Hospitality Group in 2012 as the general manager of The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi.

Located in the heart of Shanghai’s entertainment hub, it is the flagship hotel of the group’s luxury brand, The Langham, in mainland China.

Under O’Shea’s leadership, the hotel received numerous awards and accolades, including Michelin stars for its Cantonese restaurant, T’ang Court.

He was subsequently promoted to managing director of Cordis Shanghai, Hongqiao, where he also held the corporate role of vice president for Cordis’ brand experience and operational standards.

Prior to that, O’Shea had held senior leadership roles in hotels and resorts across Australia, China, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia and Fiji.

Stefan Leser, CEO of Langham Hospitality Group, described O’Shea as “a dedicated leader” and said he was “best-placed” to take the helm of The Langham and Jewel Residences.

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“I am confident that John’s wealth of experience will not only continue to elevate The Langham brand in the region, but he will deliver the promise of impeccable service standards and luxury experiences for which the brand is renowned,” Leser said.

Strategically located on the beachfront in Surfers Paradise, the luxury hotel and residences are in the central and tallest of the three landmark towers of the Jewel development.

It is the first and largest development with direct beach access to be built on the Gold Coast within the last 30 years.