DALLAS, Tex. – VisitDallas and the Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District (DTPID) has announced a collaborative initiative to become the first destination to receive Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation designating Dallas hotels, the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas (KBHCCD), and selected city-owned arts and cultural institutions as sanitary and safe.
This initiative–administered by GBAC, a division of the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA)–will serve as the gold standard for facilities to implement cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention protocols.
“When our residents, visitors, and meeting and convention attendees are able to return and enjoy our great city, we want them to have peace of mind that Dallas is doing everything we can to create the safest and healthiest environment possible,” said Craig Davis, president and CEO of VisitDallas.
The DTPID is teaming up with VisitDallas to implement and fund the effort for its member hotels within the tourism public improvement district. Additionally, VisitDallas will sponsor scholarships for facility personnel at city-owned arts and cultural institutions to enroll in the GBAC Online Fundamentals Course, which trains individuals on infection and contamination control measures for disease outbreak situations such as the novel coronavirus.
“We know DTPID hotels are initiating their own individual and brand-led sanitary programs,” said DTPID chair Greg White. “This third-party accreditation program is designed to provide an additional layer of protection and trust to ensure hotels and other key city facilities are in a safe, sanitary, and healthy condition for visitors and residents.”