Bali to represent Indonesia in international hotel receptionist competition

Bali to represent Indonesia in international hotel receptionist competition

Bali will represent Indonesia in an international competition for hotel receptionists in Hamburg, Germany, from Jan. 15 to 19.

Ni Putu Wulan Septiandari of The Stones Legian Bali will be the participant from Indonesia for "The Receptionist of The Year" competition held by AICR International (International Association of Deputy Managers and Front Office Managers of Luxury Hotels) to win the David Campbell Trophy.

Wulan, as she is fondly called, made her way to the international competition after winning the national championship held in Jakarta by the Hotel Front Liner Association (HFLA) Indonesia. In this competition held last month, she beat eight other finalists from fine hotels in Bali, Jakarta and Bandung.

She was crowned Indonesia's Receptionist of The Year 2013 after a series of competition-based tests and live interviews on stage by the judges, and brought home the KABA trophy to Bali.

Wulan, a graduate of the STP Nusa Dua Bali tourism academy, never expected she could be the best in the national competition and would make her way to Germany to compete at the global level.

"When I was asked to join this competition, I was not confident, I felt not good enough, and so nervous in front of the judges, but I tried to do my best," said the girl, who has been a front liner for only 15 months.

She recalled her long journey joining the local competition in Bali, then packing her bags for Jakarta to participate in the national competition along with other two participants from Bali.

"We had a written test, a role play with actors and top hoteliers, and then a live interview on stage with five judges asking various questions on general topics, and skills," she said, adding that she would do her best to represent Indonesia in the international competition.

Peter Brampton, general manager of The Stones Legian Bali, expressed the hotel management's support for Wulan to participate in the international competition.

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