Grand Pacific Resorts, a timeshare management company, commemorated Housekeeping Appreciation Week with their 7th Annual Housekeeping Olympics in September 2017. The event celebrates Grand Pacific Resorts “heart of the house” by gathering housekeeping teams across their Southern California Resorts for fun, friendly competitions that associates look forward to year after year.
“Housekeeping Olympics was pioneered at Grand Pacific Resorts about seven years ago to show deep appreciation for the tireless efforts provided by the housekeeping teams,” explains Amanda Montijo, General Manager of the Coronado Beach Resort and Housekeeping Olympics organizer, “While our company celebrates their housekeepers throughout the year, once a year we go all out and culminate our appreciation with this event. This lets housekeepers know that management recognizes and appreciates their work.”
Each Southern California resort performed preliminary Housekeeping Olympic events like fastest towel folding and bed making, and towel origami. Champions at those resorts were then sent to compete at the company-wide Olympics held at Grand Pacific Palisades Resort and Hotel on Sept. 28, 2017 where associates eagerly encouraged the friendly competitions by creating unique resort ‘cheers,’ coordinated team colors, and customized t-shirts to help inspire team spirit.
Once the competitions were completed judges determined first, second and third place winners and invited them to stand on tiered levels to receive their medals just like the actual Olympics. After the event housekeeping teams were invited to a catered party complete with a mariachi band to continue the celebration of the contributions and skills that housekeepers make at each resort.
“It’s a huge morale booster,” says Carlos Carranza, Facilities Manager at Coronado Beach Resort. “We are a small resort in Coronado, with a small housekeeping staff. When they go to the Housekeeping Olympics and see associates from the other resorts, they realize they’re not alone – there’s an entire industry out there that does the same work they do. And they talk about it for weeks afterwards.”
Housekeeping Olympics is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year for Grand Pacific Resorts. The event helps highlight the importance of all housekeepers and their roles in helping provide vacations for 70,000 families each year.
“This small investment of time and energy results in extremely high engagement from all of our housekeeping participants and shows the serious pride they have in their profession and resort,” said Nigel Lobo, COO of Grand Pacific Resorts. “It’s also a lot of fun.”
Grand Pacific Resorts takes pride in their team and is looking to add more bright hospitality stars. Individuals interested in a career in hospitality please visit Grand Pacific Resorts careers website: https://grandpacificresorts.com/company/careers-culture/
About Grand Pacific Resorts
Grand Pacific Resorts creates experiences worth sharing for more than 70,000 owner families and tens of thousands of loyal guests each year. Based in Carlsbad, California, the resort management company tailors its services to preserve the distinctive experience offered by each destination. Owners and guests vacation with Grand Pacific Resorts year after year because they appreciate the team’s heartfelt service culture and passion for hospitality. For more information, visit GrandPacificResorts.com