Housekeepers from throughout Northern Ireland gathered at the Holiday Inn, Belfast last night (25th March 2015) to discover who had cleaned up in this year’s Hotel & Guesthouse Housekeeping Awards. The event, which was hosted by UTV’s Pamela Ballantine, saw a tie for first place in the under 90 room category with Belmore Court & Motel, Enniskillen and Tara Lodge taking the honours for 2015. It was another success for Fermanagh as the winner in the over 90 Rooms category was the Lough Erne Resort.
The awards, organised by the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation, are held on an annual basis and have been designed to showcase the important role of housekeeping and reward excellent achievements of housekeeping staff. This is the sixth year they have taken place and Tourism Northern Ireland, Ecolab and Robinson Services supported them.
Mandy Patrick MBE, President of the NIHF commented;
“This competition focused on the housekeeping department and the important role they play in a hotel’s success. They are often forgotten and overlooked when awards are been given out and the NIHF is keen to redress this situation. The Housekeeping Awards were started six years ago and I am delighted to report that we had a record entry in 2015. Support from within the industry has been exceptional and this coupled with assistance from our sponsors has made the 2015 event an outstanding success”
The 2015 competition included a team assessment day with 64 housekeepers undertaking a range of tasks evaluating the skills they use everyday. This was followed by a surprise on-site inspection for the ten shortlisted finalists. The judging panel assessed the winners on cleanliness, attention to detail and a good overall guest impression. The main objective of the competition is to raise standards in the industry whilst rewarding and recognising the housekeeping departments in Northern Ireland’s hotels.”