The Ascott Limited (Ascott), one of the leading international lodging owner-operators, has entered into a global agreement with a world leader in testing, inspection and certification, Bureau Veritas to certify the hygiene and safety standards of its properties worldwide.
In June, the brand’s property in Turkey, Somerset Maslak Istanbul, was rewarded the Safety Tourism Certificate for hygiene measures within the property and its food & beverage outlets.
As the first serviced residence owner-operator to enter into such an agreement, Ascott has embarked on the project as part of its ‘Ascott Cares’ programme, which focuses on nine commitments to continue providing safe homes for its staff and guests. The Ascott Cares x Bureau Veritas Hygiene Excellence and Safety Label is a holistic programme developed in partnership with Ascott by leveraging Bureau Veritas’ health, hygiene and safety expertise of more than 190 years in providing testing, inspection and certification.
In addition to the partnership, Ascott continues to put safety and well-being measures at the forefront of its operations by acquiring local governmental certifications to build confidence amongst guests.
Commenting on Ascott’s continued commitment to guest and staff safety, and the partnership with Bureau Veritas, Alfred Ong, Head of Global Operations at The Ascott Limited, said: "At Ascott, we continue to place the health and well-being of our guests and staff as our top priority. As international travel gradually resumes, our partnership with Bureau Veritas offers our guests a greater peace of mind as they book their stay with Ascott. Our guests can continue to place their trust in Ascott to provide a home away from home that is comfortable, clean, secure and safe."
As part of the agreement, Bureau Veritas will conduct field audits at Ascott properties to ensure that the nine commitments under Ascott Cares meet the stringent requirements of Bureau Veritas’ inspection programme. Bureau Veritas’ auditors will verify if the properties have appropriate health, hygiene and safety procedures and processes in place, and are in line with globally recognised best practices on preventive measures in order to be certified with the Ascott Cares x Bureau Veritas Hygiene Excellence and Safety Label.
Juliano Cardoso, Executive Vice President, CIF Asia, Pacific and Middle East, Bureau Veritas, commented: "The Ascott Cares x Bureau Veritas Hygiene Excellence and Safety Label allows Ascott to attest its commitment to reassure its guests that appropriate health, hygiene and safety standards are met and ensure safe working conditions for its employees through a consistent approach across all its properties. During this current health crisis, ensuring compliance to recommended health, hygiene and safety standards are at the forefront throughout society. We are proud to play our part in Shaping a World of Trust."
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