Once again International Housekeepers’ Summit was centre of attraction in entire Asia.Their 3rd International Housekeepers Summit 2018 (IHS2018 ) was held with much fanfare at newly launched Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka, on July 4 – 5, 2018. The summit was a talk of the town in Colombo in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka’s Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs, John A. E. Amaratunga inaugurated the Summit with the lighting traditional lamp. He was accompanied by Sujith Sanjaya Perera – Harshana Rajakaruna, MP – Monitoring Ministers both from Sri Lanka Parliament. Sanath Ukwatte, Chairman – Mount Lavinia Hotel Group, Colombo, M. Shanthikumar, President City Hotels Association, Ramada Colombo; Kumar De Silva, Chairman, Sri Lanka Convention Bureau; All Asian Housekeepers Head and Jayaraman Nair, Chairman, Virtual Info Systems Pvt. Ltd, the organiser of IHS 2018 were also present during the inaugural ceremony.
There was Asia’s largest gathering of hospitality professionals consisting of over 300 delegates from 14 nationalities. Delegates comprised of housekeepers, General Managers, FM professionals, purchase managers and others. The two-day summit belonged to India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, UAE, Vietnam, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Finland and Philippines.
John Amaratungam honourable minister hailed the participation of so many countries in the International Housekeepers Summit, he said “IHS2018 would enable the Sri Lankan housekeepers to know more about the latest technology and the products available in the international market. In fact, the International Summit should be held in Sri Lanka every year.”
Jayaraman Nair – speaking on the success of the Summit said “Following two successful editions in India, bringing IHS2018 to Sri Lanka has been the biggest step forward enabling housekeepers to network and learn from each other on this platform”.
The two-day summit addressed essential topics including Raising the Revenue Graph of the hotel through better housekeeping practices. To understand the linen logic, processing linen in hotel laundry, targetting training needs of Housekeeping, knowing the intricacies of interior designing and ambience to enhance guest experience during their stay in hotel rooms. It also emphasized on much-needed technology and digitisation of services to increase efficiency and simplify processes. Housekeepers, Assistant Housekeepers, General Managers, Architect, Laundry professionals, Suppliers and also Students participated in the sessions.
The highlight of the two-day summit:
The highlight of the event was the most prestigious and coveted Asian Housekeeping Awards. The award honour the Best Housekeeper of Asia and Best Assistant Housekeeper of Asia. During the Award night, they also hosted the 3rd Fashion Show – Uniforms a Corporate Fashion Statement where students of Mount Lavina institute walked the ramp in hospitality uniforms.
The Award winners:
Best Housekeeper of Asia: India’s Nagarajan Sankar of The Residency Group of Hotels bagged the title for ‘Best Housekeeper of Asia. Rula Helmi Mershed Abo Ghazi of Hurawalhi Island Resort, Maldives was the first runner up and Rajasekar Samithurai of Cidade de Goa, India was second runner up. They were awarded with Runner Up trophies.
Best Assistant Housekeeper of Asia: Sri Lanka’s J.A .Rohan Piyaratne was awarded Best Assistant Housekeeper worked for Heritance Tea Factory.
It maybe noted that after creating yet another history with Sri Lanka, next year it will go back to India with five more countries participating at the Summit. The IHS2018 was supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Christian Affairs, Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan Airlines, Hotel Shangri-La Colombo, Asian Housekeepers Association, THASL, Laundry & Dry Cleaning Association-India and HPMF-India.
Vaishali P Sinha – Founder and General Secretary of I – Professional Housekeeper’s Association said “International Housekeepers Summit is a forum which has created a single roof for all Housekeepers across the Asian countries to exchange ideas and knowledge. The success of International Housekeeper Summit 2018 can be credited to its hard work, team effort, good organization and strong content it carried. Also, credit goes to the supporting associations in promoting the IHS 2018 in their respective countries and bringing delegates to Sri Lanka to make it truly an International event”.
Sonia Mittal – Founder and Head Public relation & CSR I – Professional Housekeepers’ Association said “On behalf of I – PHA, India, i would like to thank all the delegates who attended IHS 2018 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. This is the only summit that brings across awareness in all aspects of Housekeeping. I-PHA, India has been a part of the hospitality industry since last four years. I-PHA,India has learnt the mantra of creating synergy by togetherness, taking Housekeeping and Executive Housekeepers’ to a new level via technology”.
Nitin Nagrale – Founder General Secretary Hotel Purchasing Manager Forum (HPMF) who launched their Sri Lanka chapter during IHS2018, in Colombo said “Indian hospitality industry is shining and going Global for various hospitality events, IHS2018 is a classic example of it. The event was well organised and well appreciated by all quarters. Indeed, Colombo is a beginning of mega event of IHS2018 but I am sure they would have similar events on many foreign soils in years to come. Whatever event you organise, be optimistic and don’t be afraid of surprises and your event will be a success; I could observe these principles in IHS2018 event, they were perfectionist in all fronts. We at HPMF are also contemplating to hold annual Award event on International platform maybe in few years down the line”.
Author: Sitaram Mewati
Award winning journalist