The Professional Housekeepers Association of New South Wales (PHAN) held an educational, late afternoon and evening, hotel site visit event late February. It proved an excellent educational session as well as offering a perfect networking opportunity.
Members were shown the latest guest room design initiatives at the Marriott at Circular Quay and Sebel’s Pier One (Sydney Harbour) hotels as well as being taken through those establishments’ back-of-house areas.
The visits were hosted by Pier One executive housekeeper Bernadette Hobson and the Marriott’s executive housekeeper Grace Esogon.
The Marriott is 32 floors and comprises 518 rooms, 45 suites and 21 meeting rooms while the more intimate Pier One is about 200 rooms and set on an historic wharf.
More than 20 PHAN members visited the hotel sites and then dined at a local Walsh Bay restaurant.
Founded in 2005 by a group of Sydney-based executive housekeepers, PHAN is a not for profit, incorporated association representing housekeeping and accommodation management in the Sydney region.
“PHAN is dedicated to support and encourage all employees in housekeeping and allied areas with training, education and mentoring across all areas of the operation,” explains PHAN president Maureen Jolowicz.
“This is provided by seminars and workshops with industry experts and invited specialists across the wide range of activities that are part of the regular function of the housekeeping department,” she adds.
PHAN is committed to engendering the sharing of knowledge and fostering professional development throughout each person’s career as well as actively assisting new recruits to advance their knowledge and experience – for the benefit of the hospitality industry.
PHAN’s website – www.phan.org.au – gives comprehensive information on the organisation’s events, membership and contact details.
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