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L-R: Marius Lie, Robert Weatherdon

Scholarship winner innovates housekeeping trolley

The Weatherdon Project scholarship is awarded each year to a hospitality student of the International College of Management.

Presented by the Weatherdon Corporation in association with the International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS), the scholarship is a testimony to innovation in the hospitality industry. This year it was presented to Norwegian student, Marius Lie.

Mr Lie came up with the innovative idea of an electronic trolley to automate and streamline tasks for housekeepers. His proposal for an innovative product or service in the hospitality industry saw him scoop the scholarship, which includes a Mac Pro computer, an invitation to hear from industry leaders at the IHACE conference in Melbourne, as well as the opportunity to spend time at Weatherdon’s head office in Sydney for first hand industry insights, travel and accommodation.

Mr Lie said it was his work experience that first gave him the idea for the electric trolley.

“During my work experience in various hotels and motels, I noticed the housekeeping staff were often struggling under the weight of the trolley – particularly those slight of build – it can get quite bulky and hard to manoeuvre, so that started me thinking and I came up with the idea of automating the trolley so it easily glides around the corridors,” Marius explained.

According to Robert Weatherdon, managing director of the Weatherdon Corporation, “Weatherdon’s association with the ICMS is to encourage a new generation of professionals to share ideas and have a real opportunity to put innovative perspectives into practice,” Mr Weatherdon said.

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