Cleaning and disinfection program elevates safety and hygiene standards for Grapevine area Retail Businesses, Hotels, City Buildings and Outdoor Event Grounds

GRAPEVINE, TEXAS – (July 21, 2020) – The Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau, today, announced that businesses across the Grapevine community are joining forces to pursue accreditation for their facilities through the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation program. Grapevine’s City Council approved 27 tourism-related businesses, which include hotels, city operated meeting facilities and specific attractions to participate in the performance-based GBAC STAR accreditation program that implements the industry’s highest standards for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention.

The industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation, GBAC STAR helps organizations establish protocols and procedures, offers expert-led training and assesses a facility’s preparedness for biorisk situations. The program ensures facilities use best practices to limit future outbreaks, empowers cleaning staff members to do their jobs safely and effectively, and gives consumers a greater peace of mind when active in the community.

“We are thrilled to champion this opportunity and become the only destination to seek accreditation for all hotels, city operated meeting facilities and specific attractions within Grapevine’s geo-political boundaries,” said Paul W. McCallum, Executive Director of the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau. “There are a variety of events that we are excited to promote this fall and winter and believe that this accreditation will help our residents and visitors feel more comfortable and safe while enjoying these classic events with friends and family members.”

"We are pleased to collaborate with the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau on GBAC STAR to ensure its Grapevine venues are clean, safe and healthy for visitors and residents alike," states GBAC Executive Director, Patty Olinger. “We applaud the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau’s foresight and investment in the entire Grapevine community to provide the industry’s highest standards for cleaning, disinfection and infection disease prevention at their venues.”

For accreditation criteria, please visit GBAC.org. To learn more about the accreditation process, please check out GBAC’s informational video.

About GBAC, a Division of ISSA

Composed of international leaders in the field of microbial-pathogenic threat analysis, mitigation, response and recovery, the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, provides training, guidance, accreditation, certification, crisis management assistance and leadership to government, commercial and private entities looking to mitigate, quickly address and/or recover from biological threats and real-time crises. The organization’s services include biorisk management program assessment and training, Forensic Restoration® response and remediation, the GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation program, training and certification of individuals and consulting for building owners and facility managers. For more information, visit GBAC.org

About ISSA

With more than 9,300 members—including distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, wholesalers, building service contractors, in-house service providers, residential cleaners and associated service members—ISSA is the world’s leading trade association for the cleaning industry. The association is committed to changing the way the world views cleaning by providing its members with the business tools they need to promote cleaning as an investment in human health, the environment and an improved bottom line. Headquartered in Northbrook, Ill., USA, the association has regional offices in Mainz, Germany; Whitby, Canada; Parramatta, Australia; Seoul, South Korea; and Shanghai, China. For more information about ISSA, visit ISSA.com or call 800-225-4772 (North America) or 847-982-0800.

ABOUT THE GRAPEVINE CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

Historic Grapevine, Texas is the premier go-to destination when planning a meeting or convention in Texas. Grapevine, centrally located between Dallas and Fort Worth, provides visitors a sophisticated escape from the big city. Show guests will enjoy Grapevine’s superior meeting facilities, seminar spaces, dining, the Urban Wine and Craft Brew Trail and opportunities for shopping along Main Street in Historic Downtown, Grapevine Mills, Bass Pro Shops, Grapevine Towne Center and more. Grapevine’s annual festivals and events draw visitors from around the globe. For more information, visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com.