Hotelier Middle East Awards: Where are they now?

Gilluz Reyes, who won the Unsung Hero of the Year award talks to us about his work and how the win affected him

Gilluz Reyes
Gilluz Reyes

We catch up with Gilluz Reyes, the self-checker in the housekeeping department at Fairmont Dubai.

When and in which category did you win a Hotelier Award?
Unsung Hero of the Year in 2018.

What was your role at the time?
Housekeeping room attendant.

What is your role now?
Self-checker in housekeeping department.

How did winning a Hotelier award change the course of your career?
I feel that I have become a role model for my fellow team members – someone who can be easily approached by the others. I have had so many colleagues from different departments asking me how can they turn our guests’ moments into memories in a more creative and innovative way. I have also been promoted to a self-checker role, which I am very proud of.

What is the best part of your job?
I enjoy creating personalised ‘wow-moments’ for our guests – from dressing up as Santa during the festive season and surprising kids across the floor, to personally engaging with our guests on a daily basis.

What would you say to this year’s winners?
Congratulations on winning the region’s most sought-after hospitality accolade!

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