Budget-conscious Kankanamge sweeps up at awards

Second award for The Palace Downtown Dubai collected by executive housekeeper

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The Palace Downtown Dubai executive housekeeper Lakmal Darshana Mawella Kankanamge picked up the second award for the property after being named Housekeeper of the Year at this year’s Hotelier Middle East Awards.

Kankanamge, who oversees the 242-room hotel and its seven restaurants, was congratulated for his budget keeping as well as efforts in supporting his colleagues' own career development.

Commenting on the importance of colleague engagement, Kankanamge noted: “We are dealing with quite difficult team members and it is really important that we support the team members and look for new ideas and initiatives to improve things in the housekeeping department.”

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He added: “It is important as a housekeeper that you do not look for the just normal things, but look beyond and see what you can do more than just a normal housekeeper.”

Kankanamge was presented the award by Restonic sales director ME & Africa Sameer Ahmed.

Collecting Highly commended for the same category was Madinat Jumeirah The Arabian Resort of Dubai executive housekeeper Hege Aamo.

Other shortlisted candidates included Crowne Plaza Kuwait director of housekeeping Akshi Singh, Ramada Downtown Dubai executive housekeeper Amartya Chakraborty, Grand Hyatt Dubai assistant manager housekeeping Mary Cryst Ayap and Jumeirah at Etihad Towers executive housekeeper Nelly Castaneda.

The James Bond-themed Hotelier Middle East Awards took place on Wednesday, October 28 at InterContinental Dubai Festival City.

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