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FHW Goa Exhibition hosted the first Housekeepers Challenge featuring various towel origami and flower art displays, giving the hotel housekeepers fraternity a platform to display their artistic skills By Saloni Bhatia

The Goa Housekeepers Challenge at the second edition of FHW Goa was hosted in association with Indian Professional Housekeepers Association (IPHA) to promote the art of flower decorations and towel origami among the housekeepers. Talking about the unique initiative, Vaishali P Sinha, director housekeeper, Meluha the Fern and president, Indian Professional Housekeepers Association (IPHA) stated, “It is an honour to associate with FHW on such a platform to promote the housekeeping section of hospitality. We have never conducted such an event before and hope to appreciate the efforts by various housekeepers in hotels through this initiative. It is a new concept that has never been done  before.”

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She added, “Our aim was to bring to the limelight the talent that rests within our sector across all levels. At every event we have the top rank uniting at panel discussions. This time we wanted some action and encourage our staff to participate. We are extremely thankful to FHW for giving us this platform to start something new, which has brought in a lot of positive energy, especially amidst the Goa housekeeping fraternity. The organisation is also keep to strengthen this concept further and work with FHW as partners for further though provoking sessions.” IPHA also honoured Ritu Goyal, executive housekeeper, Ramada Caravela Beach Resort, Goa for her work in the industry. Sinha said, “She has been successfully conducting team building sessions, crucial especially in a department, where retaining staff is a major challenge. She motivated them constantly through various ways, for example by sharing positive guest comments with her staff. She has also done her bit for environment preservation and more. We are all waiting for the next FHW as there is so much more we can bring to the table as partners.”

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The challenge saw participation from eight hotels and institutions in Goa like Ramada Caravela Beach Resort, Cidade de Goa, Upper dDck – Radisson Blu, Holiday Inn Resort, The O Hotel, Alila Diwa Goa and Agnel Institute of Food Craft & Culinary Science. The housekeepers created displays including swan lake, animal origami, table decorations among others. It was a platform for the housekeepers to showcase the effort and skill in these displays. The participants were judged on their skill, finishing and creativity.

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