THE winner of the third Ipoh International Waiter’s Race (IIWR) Classic Tray category could be sent to take part in a waiter’s race held in other countries.
Perak Health Committee chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohd Radzi said the state was planning to sponsor the winner to participate in such races in other countries.
“Through this, we hope that organisers of such races in other countries could reciprocate by taking part in ours in future.
“We will let the organiser of the IIWR or the Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) decide on it,” she told journalists after the launch of IIWR at the Lost World of Tambun recently.
“I understand that other countries with such races include Hong Kong, Australia and the Phillippines,” she said.
Nolee said the race first started in France in the 19th century and had expanded to other countries since then.
She added that the race, a global event, was a recognition to those working in the service and hospitality industry.
IIWR organising chairman Patrick Ong said this year’s IIWR would be held at the Lost World of Tambun on May 24 at 8am.
“We are expecting between 300 and 350 participants to take part this year.
“We hope to get participants from Singapore, Medan, Indonesia and our twin sister city Fukuoka, Japan,” he said, adding that the IIWR was to promote Perak as a tourist destination.
Ong said this year’s race would have three categories, including the Classic Tray for professionals working in hotels, Sporive Tray for quick service waiters and students from hospitality schools and the Fun Tray, which was open to the public.
Other activities that would be held during the race include an ice carving demonstration and live band performances.