Young achiever shines, spits and pol­ishes way to award

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

JONATHAN Voss is all smiles this week, af­ter win­ning the Young Achiever’s Award at the Trop­i­cal North Queens­land Tourism Awards in Cairns on Mon­day night.

The ex­ec­u­tive house­keeper at the Sher­a­ton Mi­rage, Mr Voss is ex­tremely happy to have been nom­i­nated for the award and is thrilled to have won it.

“This is an in­dus­try that I love and I am very pas­sion­ate about it. Tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity is some­thing I love be­ing a part of, par­tic­u­larly in such a beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tion such as the Sher­a­ton in Port Dou­glas,” he said.

“The prod­uct in Port Dou­glas and the peo­ple re­ally make my job a lot more en­joy­able as I am liv­ing where I love.”

The award recog­nises some­one who is less than 30 years of age and is work­ing in the tourism in­dus­try and is some­one who con­trib­utes to the devel­op­ment and pro­fes­sion­al­ism of the tourism in­dus­try.

Mr Voss started his ca­reer by com­plet­ing a Bach­e­lor of Ho­tel Man­age­ment, where he was later em­ployed by the Sher­a­ton al­most two and a half years ago.

Mr Voss started with an ex­tremely tough 12 months of train­ing where he worked in ev­ery depart­ment of the re­sort in­clud­ing HR, food and bev­er­age, front of­fice, house­keep­ing, reser­va­tions and sales and mar­ket­ing.

The Sher­a­ton then of­fered him a full time po­si­tion as one of the ho­tel duty man­agers on front desk which he held for an­other 12 months un­til he was later pro­moted to ex­ec­u­tive house­keeper.

“I run the laun­dry and the house­keep­ing at the Sher­a­ton Re­sort. I man­age al­most 50 staff mem­bers on a busy day and have teams that clean the rooms and su­per­vi­sors that check the rooms,” he said.

“I was ex­tremely sur­prised to win this award. There were two fi­nal­ists in the end I am so happy to have achieved it,” he said.

“To have the op­por­tu­nity on put this ac­com­plish­ment on my CV is ex­tremely ben­e­fi­cial for me and my fu­ture ca­reer.”

Young achiever: Jonathan Voss

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