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PHA celebrates second anniversary and convention in Bengaluru

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 16:05 Hrs  [IST]

The Professional Housekeepers Association (PHA) organised its second National Convention recently in Bengaluru. The convention held at Hotel Crowne Plaza was attended by about 120 housekeepers and delegates from states like Telangana, Goa, Kerala, Karnataka, Delhi, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. The convention also witnessed the launch of a new chapter, PHA Yuva, dedicated for the youth and students.

The PHA’s second anniversary and convention held on May 20 in Bengaluru offered a rare opportunity for housekeepers, hospitality suppliers and government officials to get together and discuss various issues pertaining to the cleanliness, hygiene, skill development, etc., not only within hotels but also outside the four walls of the hotels.

The convention was inaugurated by Naveen Raj Singh, IAS, Secretary-Tourism, Karnataka. In his inaugural speech, Singh stressed upon how housekeepers can join hands with government on various schemes and programmes intended to bring changes in the society at large. He stated that PHA could take forward the Swacch Bharat initiatives pan-India and that he would be happy to enable the necessary coordination for the same. He stressed that a funding from the government for these initiatives will enable PHA to hire key drivers to take forward the vision and bring tangibility in the process with measurable results. He emphasised that PHA could contribute immensely towards the Skill Development initiative of the government by facilitating training and human resource optimisation in the field of hospitality to enhance guest experience in jungle lodges, home stays, etc.

The corporate film of PHA depicting its journey was then presented to the gathering by Bhavana Alvares, Executive Housekeeper, Taj Vivanta Bengaluru and President, PHA Karnataka Chapter. The highlight of the event was the presentation of ‘Housekeeping Legend Award’ to Darshan J Singh, who is referred to as the ‘first lady’ of Housekeeping. In her speech, she saluted all those who have brought housekeeping to the forefront.

PHA also presented the Industry Leader Award to Albert Jeyachandran, a renowned personality in hospitality training.

The guest of honour, Krishna Ghosh advised the young housekeepers to cultivate the art of keeping the staff happy by appreciating them.

In her speech, Jayashree Nagaraj, Founder President & Chairperson of PHA reiterated that PHA is dedicated to support and encourage all employees in housekeeping fraternity with training, education and mentoring. She announced the formation of a student chapter of PHA – PHA Yuva – and introduced the Yuva team to the convention.

In his speech, Sam Cherian Kumbukattu, Managing Director, Sheveran Laboratories Pvt. Ltd. shared his experiences as the first person to think of eco-friendly cleaning products for the Indian hospitality industry. JS Shekhar, Founder & Head of Change, Lead and Partner, enlightened the gathering about the Event of the Year idea.

The other dignitaries who graced the occasion were S. K. Sreenidhi, MD, Oscar Murphy Life Strategies Pvt. Ltd., Sam Cherian Kumbukattu and Jayashree Nagaraj. The event was a platform for the amalgamation of eminent housekeepers, facility managers, hospitality educators, healthcare professionals and hospitality vendors from all over the country.

An informative panel discussion on ‘Waste is not waste until wasted’ moderated by JS Shekar turned out to be quite informative and educative. The panel of experts consisted of Bharathi Kamath, MD, Carewel Facilities India Ltd., Chempavai V, Microbiology and Hygiene Trainer with the Taj Group of Hotels, Nalini Shekar, Co-founder, HasiruDala, a waste-pickers organisation in Bengaluru, Dinesh E. Murthy, Head Utilities & Environmental System, Kempegowda International Airport, and Sriram K, Founder and CEO, Smarter Dharma.

Presentations were made on ‘Importance of design in the housekeeper’s world’ by Madhu Chandhok, Founder Partner and Director, PIP2020; and ‘Best practices in landscaping and biodiversity’ by Sathyabhama Nair, Senior Maintenance Manager (Services), Bengaluru International Airport at the convention, which were appreciated by the delegates. The Knowledge Partner of PHA, Sreenidhi made a motivational session on ‘Think, Change, Perform and Transform’.

Another highlight of the event was the presentation of Best Employee Awards and cash prize to nominated front line staff of hotels. The newly constituted board members of the PHA Karnataka Chapter were felicitated at the convention.

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