11 December 2019
CAP Worldwide has invited experts from the extended stay industry and accreditation bodies to develop a forum to establish serviced apartments safety standards. Quality in Tourism is extremely proud to be working with CAP Worldwide to join the forum for this important round table exercise.
The Global Secure Accreditation, which manages and maintains global standard for hotel security and the Primary Authority in the UK for tourism which covers the Safe, Clean and Legal (SCL) QT Scheme will also be joining the Serviced Apartment Forum for Assessment and Accreditation (SAFFAA) to debate how to standardise the sector in 2020.
Jo Layton, director of CAP Worldwide is calling for a consistent global approach to accreditation for serviced apartments and corporate accommodation alternatives. Layton said “As professionals in the extended stay market, agents are expected to provide access to ‘safe, clean and legal’ accommodation every day, some of which have been externally accredited and some personally accredited by the internal supply management teams of the agents.”
Our Director, Deborah Heather said “Over the last few years, industry standards have eroded for a number of reasons including the pure speed of innovation and industry growth alongside accreditation processes based on standards that are prescriptive and out of date, a system that at best isn’t transparent and at worst represent a conflict of interest; unfortunately the guest is the one to suffer.”
Quality in Tourism is looking forward to attending the first meeting of the SAFFAA in London early in the New Year.