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VisitGuernsey unveils accreditation scheme for accommodation

VisitGuernsey has introduced an independent risk assessment and accreditation scheme for the island’s visitor accommodation sector.

Called Safe, Clean and Legal, it uses the model developed on the mainland UK model by Quality in Tourism.

It covers a wide range of cleanliness and safety risk assessment criteria including Covid-19 cleaning and risk mitigation training.

Mike Hopkins, marketing and tourism director at the tourist board, said: “As we work towards the future and welcoming visitors to our islands again, without travel restrictions, we are spending the time ensuring our infrastructure and service offering to our visitors is not only of the highest quality but meets and exceeds the cleanliness and safety standards expected.

“We very much look forward to welcoming back our loyal and first-time visitors and want to assure them that their safety, and that of our islanders, is our first priority.”

Hotel, self-catering and guest-house accommodation can register the VisitGuernsey website to be independently audited for the assessments.

Once accredited, the accommodation providers can use a quality assurance ‘stamp’ on promotional materials and marketing communications to help reassure potential visitors.

VisitGuernsey said travel restrictions and quarantine-on-arrival measures remain but this initiative “shows the appetite for tourism to return”.

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