Robinson Services Delighted to Support NIHF Housekeeping Awards 2017


Housekeepers from throughout Northern Ireland gathered at the Clayton Hotel , Belfast recently to discover who had cleaned up in this year’s Hotel & Guesthouse Housekeeping Awards. The event, which was hosted by the BBC’s Jo Scott, saw the winner in the under 90 room category go to the Tara Lodge with the runners up being the Bushmills Inn Hotel and Belmore Court & Motel . The winner in the over 90 Rooms category was the Holiday Inn Express Belfast with the Runner up the Ibis Belfast City Centre

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 eighth year they have taken place and Tourism Northern Ireland, Bunzl Rafferty Hospitality Products, Ecolab and Robinson Services supported them.

Janice Gault, 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 eight years ago and I am delighted to report that support from within the industry has been exceptional and this coupled with assistance from our sponsors has made the 2017 event an outstanding success”

The 2017 competition included a team assessment day with all housekeepers undertaking a range of tasks evaluating the skills they use everyday. This was followed by a surprise on-site inspection for the  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.”

Stephen Wood, Operations Director, Robinson Services

“We are delighted to support this very important competition competition which rewards and recognises one of the most important functions a successful hotel.  We pass on our congratulations to all the winners and participants and in particular the  Belmore Court Hotel, The Salty Dog, The Holiday Inn and the Ibis Hotel that we provide Laundry services from our state of the art premises in Antrim.”