PORTOLA HOTEL & SPA ACHIEVES GBAC STAR™ FACILITY ACCREDITATION PROGRAM

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Monterey, CA – January 12, 2022 – Portola Hotel & Spa is proud to announce the hotel achieved the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation, a gold standard for prepared facilities. Under the guidance of GBAC, a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, Portola Hotel has proven practices and procedures at the property meet the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention.

“We are thrilled to announce the GBAC STAR accreditation and extremely proud of the teams continued efforts to maintain a high level of cleaning and safety standards throughout the hotel,” said Janine Chicourrat, Managing Director at Portola Hotel & Spa.

As the cleaning 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 readiness for biorisk situations. The program has verified that the Portola Hotel & Spa implements best practices to prepare for, respond to and recover from outbreaks and pandemics.

“GBAC STAR accreditation empowers facility owners and managers to assure workers, customers and key stakeholders that they have proven systems in place to maintain clean and healthy environments,” said GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger. “By taking this important step to pursue GBAC STAR, Portola Hotel & Spa has received third-party validation that it follows strict protocols for biorisk situations, thereby demonstrating its preparedness and commitment to operating safely.”   

To achieve GBAC STAR™ accreditation, Portola Hotel demonstrated compliance with the program’s 20 core elements, which range from standard operating procedures and risk assessment strategies to personal protective equipment and emergency preparedness and response measures. Learn more about GBAC STAR accreditation at gbac.org.


ABOUT PORTOLA HOTEL & SPA

Portola Hotel & Spa is California’s premier family-friendly destination offering easy access to Monterey’s most popular attractions. Leading the way as the Central Coast’s first LEED® Certified hotel, Portola reflects unparalleled modern coastal luxury in downtown Monterey. The AAA Four Diamond hotel is the perfect coastal inspired escape, featuring 379 newly renovated guest rooms, and 60,000 square feet of meeting space with the adjacent Monterey Conference Center. The serene environment and pet-friendly accommodations offer several on-site, award-winning amenities including, Spa on the Plaza, an outdoor pool, exceptional dining, a craft brewery, a children's loyalty program, and more.

For more information, please visit portolahotel.com.

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 10,500 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 worldviews 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 Milan, Italy; Whitby, Canada; Parramatta, Australia; Seoul, South Korea; and Shanghai, China.

For more information about ISSA, visit issa.com.

MEDIA CONTACT

Portola Hotel & Spa
Janine M. Chicourrat, Managing Director
jchicourrat@portolahotel.com
(831) 649-7890