The reunion of former employees of Hotel Excelsior, Ipoh, was more like a long-awaited gathering among family members rather than one of ex-colleagues.
The meaningful event saw Excelsior ex-staff from as early as 1983 mingle, joke and laugh as they recalled past experiences and events of their time working together at Ipoh’s first star-rated hotel.
The reunion, which began with an air of celebration with the letting off of firecrackers, was an idea that came up just two months ago.
Therefore, it was through the efforts of the hardworking committee, making connections through their vast network of friends and combing social media platforms that this group of 130 people, out of a staff strength of some 190, managed to come together on Tuesday evening.
Many of the attendees are now based outside of Ipoh so it was heartening that they made their way to Ipoh just to participate in the reunion which was hosted at Tower Regency Hotel, the main sponsor of the event.
About thirty staff members of Tower Regency Hotel began their careers in the hospitality industry at Hotel Excelsior, including Hotel Manager Madam Mariana Abdul Hamid.
Madam Mariana said, “Many of us are from the very first batch of employees of Hotel Excelsior. We are very happy to be able to meet up after losing touch for so many years. We are like family. A few of our colleagues have unfortunately passed away.”
Madam Mariana herself joined Hotel Excelsior at the age of 21 as F&B cashier. From there, she was promoted to Front Office receptionist and rose from rank to rank until she became Rooms Division Manager upon her departure from the hotel in April 2010.
Coincidentally, the Tower Regency Hotel’s popular live band Cheeky-Cheeky Boom Boom, who provided the entertainment, also had a three-year stint with Hotel Excelsior and achieved a total of RM1.5 million in sales during their engagement there.
Even as the attendees reminisced about the good ol’ days, they took the opportunity to take plenty of photographs, including grouping department by department.
It was definitely an evening of good food, great music and excellent company; an event that many more memories were made.
It provided an opportunity for everyone to let their hair down as they danced the night away. Almost everyone took home a lucky draw prize thanks to the generous sponsors!
Event: Hotel Excelsior Ex-Staff (1983 – 2014) Reunion Dinner 2015
Venue: Tower Regency Hotel, Ipoh
Date: 15th Sept, 2015
Time: from 5pm
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