The Northern Ireland Hotels Federation’s (NIHF) search for the best 2019 housekeeping team got underway with an assessment day in the Clayton Hotel, Belfast.
This year’s event is a milestone as it marks the tenth anniversary of the competition. The initiative was set up to recognise the contribution that housekeepers make to hotels and acknowledge their considerable contribution to the industry.
Janice Gault, Chief Executive of the NIHF said:
“The Federation was keen to reward those who are often the unsung and unseen heroes of the hotel world. As the representative body of the accommodation sector, we strive to promote all roles within the sector and highlight the role of each department. Housekeeping is often overlooked, and this competition was launched to rectify this situation.
“From its inception this event was very well received with great support from the industry, suppliers and sponsors. It has become increasingly popular with a record number of entries this year. There has been considerable support from Tourism Northern Ireland and this year we are delighted to have additional sponsorship from Bunzl Rafferty Hospitality, Ecolab, Linencare and King Koil Beds.”
Hotels have been in the news over the last year with a considerable number of new openings and additional rooms coming on stream. To reflect this change in the marketplace the 2019 competition has four categories. The winners of the 2019 competition will be announced at an awards dinner on the 28th March having undergone a mystery shopper inspection at the shortlisted premises.