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VIC earns GBAC STAR accreditation

Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing announced today that the Central Florida Visitor Information Center recently received the GBAC STAR facility accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA.

“This accreditation just puts the stamp on our commitment to providing the cleanest and safest environment possible for visitors,” said Justin Laferriere, Senior Visitor Services Manager for Visit Central Florida.

GBAC STAR accreditation by ISSA, the International Sanitary Supply Association, is the gold standard for facilities when it comes to disinfection and infection disease prevention. GBAC STAR helps organizations establish protocols and procedures, offers expert-led training and assesses the organization’s readiness for biorisk situations. The RP Funding Center in Lakeland recently obtained the same accreditation.

Based on research conducted by Tallahassee market research firm Downs & St. Germain, 62 percent of consumers indicate it is “very important” to know in advance what a destination is doing to provide a safe environment.

“This accreditation affords not only the Visitor Information Center but also Visit Central Florida enhanced credibility with regards to safety and cleanliness,” said Laferriere. “This is just another example of how facilities in Polk County are more than on par with other facilities around the state and nation.”