McLean, VA (PRWEB) October 14, 2013
International Housekeeping week was recently observed by many hotel properties throughout the world, and the properties owned and managed by B. F. Saul Company Hospitality Group were no exception. In fact, as usual, B. F. Saul Company took their celebration to another level, hosting their 6th annual Housekeeping Olympics on Friday, September 13, 2013.
The week of celebration lasted from September 9-13, and was originally started by the International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA) in 1981 to recognize the hard work and dedication of these invaluable employees. Throughout the week, each individual B. F. Saul hotel found unique ways to honor their housekeepers, from games and contests with prizes for the winners to special planned meals and even picnics; the employees knew they were appreciated.
As the main event for B. F. Saul’s housekeeping week, the housekeeping Olympics continue to be a highlight of their teams’ year. “It’s amazing how much energy and camaraderie are in the room when we bring all the housekeeping teams together to compete,” says Mark Carrier, president of B. F. Saul Company Hospitality Group. “Our teams take a lot of pride in their work, which is evident by our service scores, so they get really fired up to compete and show off their trade.”
Like years past, this year’s “Housekeeping Olympics” were held at the Crowne Plaza Tysons Corner hotel in McLean, Virginia. However, unlike in years past, this year’s event featured a couple of new components, including a few different events and three guest “celebrity” judges. The three guest judges were representatives from local convention and visitors bureaus, including Barry Biggar from Visit Fairfax (VA) and Kelly Groff from Visit Montgomery (MD. This year the hotels’ housekeeping staffs competed in the following events:
The overall winner for this year’s 6th annual Housekeeping Olympics was the TownePlace Suites by Marriott Dulles Airport hotel in Sterling, VA.
Housekeepers are a vital, yet often overlooked part of any hospitality operation, and Housekeeping week lets them know how valuable their services truly are. It gives them a chance to unwind, see their colleagues in a different light, and truly have some fun.