The Spanish SME in the field of health and safety with experience in areas such as customer satisfaction, sustainability, claims management and services for professional kitchens (amongst others) has a portfolio of more than 600 clients in 22 countries, on over 55 destinations.
The approach of the solutions to mitigate the Covid-19 impacts on tourism encompasses four main areas:
1. Restarting recommendations. Advice and review of key health and safety areas in hotels and other accommodation providers in travel and tourism that have been in lockdown for a period of time.
Following the lockdown period, accommodation providers will need to ensure that all health and safety procedures are in place and are operating correctly. Nonetheless, particular areas will require more attention, such as fire safety, gas safety, food hygiene, water systems, staff policies, pool hygiene and safety, sewage plant treatment and wastewater used for irrigating gardens, laundry and pest control.
2. Covid-19 preventative measures. Specific advice with regards to the prevention or mitigation of the spread of Covid-19 and how to respond in case of suspected or actual cases.
The recommendations and protocols are specifically addressed to prevent or mitigate the potential spread of Covid-19 amongst holidaymakers and staff. These protocols are not new. They have been applied for many years in the prevention of the spread of illness in hotels, cruise ships, and other enclosed environments, and have been proved very effective. The company has included recommendations specific to the current Covid-19 pandemic, integrating WHO (World Health Organisation) recommendations and additional advice from the company international panel of experts.
3. Inspection/audit to verify that hotels and other destination suppliers have applied the recommendations and preventative measures correctly.
The inspection serves as a report, highlighting any defective areas where the supplier should take corrective measures. Customised recommendations are given, and a final grade awarded, which will indicate whether required standards are in place. The inspection could be carried out:
a) By means of a physical audit where an expert visits the premises and inspects all areas.
b) By means of a responsible self-assessment questionnaire (RSAQ), in addition to a remote validation procedure.
The company's own technology app will assist with self-assessments and physical audits, and to manage output information. The app is a complete audit and analytics platform.
4. A certification scheme. Certificates will be issued once the establishments achieve the required standard. Hotels and destination suppliers will be able to use this certificate for any promotional campaigns aimed at clients and tour operators. The certificate will be backed up by a transparent declaration of the criteria used and the preventative areas covered. This may be accessed by way of QR codes on the certificates, as well as links on their websites and other promotional channels. This certification will contribute greatly to restoring travellers and tourism industry confidence.
Travellers and holidaymakers will have access to transparent information regarding accommodation and destination suppliers and implemented and verified preventative measures, while contributing to a rapid recovery of the tourism sector.
Focused on the company business growth strategy, the cooperation type envisaged is subcontracting, in order to deliver to the destination service provider a long-term agreement to ensure that all health and safety procedures are in place and operating correctly. In fact, this aspect is particularly relevant due to the Covid-19 global health concerns.