Besides the need to celebrate, the occasion was also to recognise the exemplary services rendered by their employees with the prestigious, “Pride of Workmanship Award” which made its debut that evening.
The 21 winners, selected on merits, received their certificates from the Executive Councillor for Tourism, the Honourable Puan Nolee Ashilin Dato’ Mohd Radzi.
It was indeed a proud moment for them as some, like those in the hospitality industry have been on the frontline for over two decades. They had never expected to be given such recognition considering the job they performed.
“I am simply over the moon,” said one recipient who has been a doorman at one top-notch hotel in Ipoh.
The event was organised by the Perak Tourism Association (PTA). Association President, Hj Mohd Odzman Abdul Kadir, concluded that the participation of major tourism players meant that they were willing to promote the state and to enhance the productivity of the tourism industry.
“PTA is willing to be the liaison and coordinator towards achieving this goal,” he said in his opening remarks. “The association plans to organise two promotional trips this year; one to Singapore and the other to Fukuoka, Japan.”
The two promotional trips were given the green light by Nolee who, in her return speech, pledged financial aid for the association from the state.
Nolee thanked those who had helped organise the recent Ipoh International Waiters’ Race and the organising committee of the Tourism Appreciation Nite. “You’re simply wonderful,” she exclaimed.
The party ended with the crowning of the best dressed male and female guests.