After obtaining the “Sanitary Security Label” and “Ecovid Label” issued by SOCOTEC in February 2021, the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes was awarded North America’s top health certification for public hospitality facilities: GBAC STAR Facility. Awarded by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, this certification attests the implementation of the strictest protocols in terms of cleaning, disinfection and prevention of infectious diseases within the establishment. Already issued to the largest convention centers in the United States, this certification has for the first time been awarded to a convention center in France.
The Palais des Festivals et des Congrès says it has proved, since September 2020, that it’s possible to reconcile economic activity and public health protection. Now, it’s taking its health security systems up a notch with GBAC STAR Facility, which offers unique accreditation within the cleaning industry in terms of prevention, intervention and refurbishment of its equipment in the event of epidemics.
Following a thorough review of the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès facilities, the Global Biorisk Advisory Council validated the 20 key elements of the GBAC STAR Facility program; this includes standard operating procedures and risk assessment strategies, personal protective equipment, as well as emergency preparedness and response measures.
By obtaining this international health benchmark, the Palais des Festivals joins the largest convention centers in the United States: Javits Center in New York, McCormick Place in Chicago, Los Angeles Convention Center, Miami Beach Convention Center, Walter E. Washington Convention Center in D.C., Austin Convention Center, Baltimore Convention Center, Anaheim Convention Center and Atlantic City Convention Center.
The Palais adds that GBAC STARTM Facility accreditation is an essential health reassurance factor for international MICE customers and, in particular, North Americans, who are so important to Cannes.