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Press Release
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3rd International Housekeepers' Summit sets new standards
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Over 300 delegates from 14 nationalities participated at Asia's largest gathering of hospitality professionals - 3rd International Housekeepers Summit 2018 - held at Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka, on July 4 & 5. Delegates comprising of hospitality housekeepers, General managers, FM professionals, purchase managers, and others who gathered at the two-day summit belonged to India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, UAE, Vietnam, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Finland and Philippines.
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Hon'ble Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs, Government of Sri Lanka John A. E. Amaratunga inaugurated the Summit with the traditional lamp lighting along with Hon. Sujith Sanjaya Perera, M.P. Monitoring Minister, Parliament of Sri Lanka, Hon. Harshana Rajakaruna, M.P. Monitoring Minister, Parliament of Sri Lanka; Sanath Ukwatte, Chairman - Mount Lavinia Hotel Group, Colombo, Sri Lanka; M. Shanthikumar, President City Hotels Association, Ramada Colombo; Kumar De Silva, Chairman, Sri Lanka Convention Bureau and Jayaraman Nair, Chairman, Virtual Info Systems Pvt. Ltd, the organiser of IHS2018.
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The Minister was felicitated with a shawl and a token of appreciation by each of the country association representatives.
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Highlighting the importance of housekeeping in hospitality and tourism, Hon'ble Minister John Amaratunga hailed the participation of so many countries in the International Housekeepers Summit. Supporting housekeepers who contribute to the success of the hotel industry, he said that 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."
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Speaking on the success of the Summit, Jayaraman Nair said that 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.
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The two-day summit addressed essential topics including Raising the Revenue Graph of the hotel through better housekeeping practices, Understanding the Linen Logic and processing linen in hotel laundry, Targetting Training Needs of Housekeeping, Knowing the intricacies of interior designing and ambience to enhance guest experience during his stay in the hotel room and also the 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.
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The highlight of the two-day summit is the most prestigious and coveted Asian Housekeeping Awards, which honour the Best Housekeeper of Asia and Best Asst. Housekeeper of Asia. Nagarajan Sankar of The Residency Group of Hotels, India, bagged the title for 'Best Housekeeper of Asia'; with Rajasekar Samithurai of Cidade de Goa, India, and Rula Helmi Mershed Abo Ghazi of Hurawalhi Island Resort, Maldives winning the runner up trophies.
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the Assistant Housekeepers, this year, the 'Best Assistant Housekeeper of Asia' was taken away by J.A .Rohan Piyaratne, Assistant Housekeeper of Heritance Tea Factory.
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The Award night also hosted the 3rd Fashion Show - Uniforms a Corporate Fashion Statement where students of Mount Lavina institute walked the ramp in hospitality uniforms.
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The IHS2018 set yet another history with Sri Lanka and next year will go back to India with five more countries participating at the Summit.
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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.
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About IHS: In a major initiative taken by housekeepers across Asia, the International Housekeepers' Summit that was launched in 2016, has today become Asia's largest convention of hospitality housekeeping professionals. This year, The Ministry of Tourism, Sri Lanka, extended support and blessings to the Summit, in appreciation of the initiative of the housekeepers.
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Presented by the Asian Housekeeper's Association - a conglomerate of housekeeping associations from 11 countries - the International Housekeepers Summit aims are redefining housekeeping in the corporate strategy. The Association members include i-Professional Housekeepers' Association, India; Maldives Housekeepers' Forum; Sri Lanka Housekeepers' Association; Professional Housekeepers' Group, UAE; Doha Housekeepers Group; Kuwait Housekeepers Hub; Saudi Arabia Housekeepers Association; Malaysian Association of Housekeepers; Vietnam Executive Housekeeper Association and Indonesian Housekeepers Association. These associations form the Asian Housekeepers Association headquartered at Mumbai, India.
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The International Housekeepers Summit is organised by Virtual Info Systems Pvt. Ltd, India; and presented by Asian Housekeepers Association.
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Contact :
Mohana M
Director Conferences & Broadcasting
Virtual Info Systems Pvt. Ltd
email: mohana@virtualinfo.in
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