Housekeeping in the hospitality industry in India is now taking a new turn. The I-Professional Housekeepers’ Association set the momentum with the launch of its young housekeepers’ wing, GenX, to bring the next generation of housekeepers into the main fold.
In an official launch at Country Inn & Suites hotel, Gurugram, in May, IPHA formed GenX Housekeepers community to network, interact, grow and also contribute effectively to the growth of the housekeeping fraternity.
With the mission “To work in partnership with the fraternity, society, business and government, to strive for excellence in meeting the needs of the growing hospitality sector, through the provision of new technology, recreational, environmental, cultural, constructive and welfare programs, the GenX Community will provide a platform to innovate, create, share and implement new ideas, process, product and talent pool for inclusive access to fraternity whilst promoting cross cultural understanding.”
A gala ceremony of cake cutting was graced by veteran housekeepers, including Sareena Kochar, Vice-President Housekeeping, The Lemon Tree Hotels, Delhi; Vaneeta Arora, Director Housekeeping, The Park Hotel-New Delhi; Sherry Suda, Director of Rooms, Park Plaza, Delhi; and Harinder Kishore, Executive Housekeeper, Hyatt Andaz, Delhi among others.
Leading the GenX from the front were Ayush Agarwal, Corporate Housekeeper- OYO Townhouse & Flagship and Shail Gupta, Housekeeping Consultant. As part GenX objectives, the young housekeepers will visit hotel management institutes to promote housekeeping as a career. Emphasizing the need for encouraging housekeeping, a panel discussion during the launch highlighted the faulty handling of the subject in most institutes.
It was also highlighted that if one works in accommodation management / housekeeping in related hospitality industry,by joining the ‘Gen X by IPHA’, he/she will be demonstrating your commitment to achieving the highest standards of professionalism in the industry.
Speaking on the occasion, Founder and General Secretary of I-PHA Vaishali Sinha, said that it was really commendable that in such a short span of time, since the inception of the Association, “we have been able to make strides in not only bringing together housekeepers from across India into the fold but also contribute to the betterment and growth of housekeepers through GenX. We are already facing a dearth of housekeeping graduates and the new chapter will work towards improving the scenario.
“We have also made a big success with the launch of the Asian Housekeepers’ Association during the last International Housekeepers’ Summit in 2016. It is a matter of real pride that this organisation has been initiated in India and IPHA along with Clean India Journal have facilitated the formation of an Asian body.”
“There is so much more to do for housekeeping and I am sure with the support of our seniors, we will bring about the difference.”