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Press Release11 May 2020

Meliá Hotels International Presents “Stay Safe With Meliá”

A Program Which Guarantees Stringent Post-COVID-19 Health And Safety Standards, In Collaboration With Bureau Veritas

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  • Bureau Veritas, a company leader in inspection, certification and testing, will audit the Meliá Hotels International system with regard to the management of preventative measures to combat COVID-19 in its hotels
  • The company leverages its vast experience and global presence to launch an urgent plan to guarantee the safety of its employees and customers and their experience
  • Hotels modify their facilities and redesign many of their processes to reduce direct interaction and maintain hygiene standards and social distancing until the crisis is over
  • The certification process is very advanced and is expected to be completed during the month of May
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Meliá Hotels International has developed a program for the gradual reopening of its hotels in the post-COVID-19 recovery phase and is working together with one of the most prestigious certification organisations in the world, Bureau Veritas, to ensure that it complies with the most rigorous health and safety standards.

​In addition to certification, Meliá is also actively cooperating with sectorial organisations and health authorities in Spain to prepare a guide for hotel operations in the context of COVID-19 to be applied both in Spain and abroad.

In addition to detailing the protocols and measures to optimise hygiene, the disinfection of facilities and the most important operational processes, the Plan also has an important section on training for employees and the emotional aspects of customer relationships in the situation created by COVID. To achieve this while also prioritising a positive customer experience as far as possible, the "Stay Safe with Meliá" program also foresees the appointment in each hotel of a person responsible for the "emotional well-being" of guests and the verification of appropriate compliance with the processes designed to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

This certification will meet the needs of the hospitality and F&B industry, and will set health standards in all Meliá hotels, which may apply to other hotel companies. As a final result, an operational guide will be created to serve as a roadmap for Meliá Hotels International, to rigorously apply the health and safety recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the competent authorities of each country.

A global and multidisciplinary plan

As a global company, Meliá Hotels International has always relied on the excellence of its team to ensure effective and efficient management and the best possible experience for guests. To ensure that hotel teams worldwide are prepared for implementation, the company's regional offices have shared the "Stay Safe with Meliá" program with each and every one of its Hotel General Managers, who in turn will share it and implement it with the teams in their hotels.

This "360º" programme includes actions in several areas:

  • Post COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfection Plan endorsed by Diversey, a strategic supplier.
  • Recommendations on Occupational Health
    on the return to work (corporate offices and hotels), including hygienic and organisational measures to guarantee safety on the return to the workplace, the identification of people at risk, the coordination of relationships with suppliers and third parties, and the management of possible cases of infection.
  • Innovation and technology, including technological solutions to minimise physical contact between customers and employees and also guarantee the safety of facilities and sustainability
  • Global Post-COVID-19 Operations Guide with all the adaptations to procedures and the training materials required by hotel teams
  • Brand Standards adapted to provide the security required to avoid risks of infection in processes such as Food & Beverage, In-room Experience, Wellness, Entertainment, etc.
  • Technical Facilities and Maintenance Guide post-COVID-19

Comprehensive, participative and tested process in hotels

To prepare the program, Meliá Hotels International has leveraged the international know-how and experience of its Risk Management, Occupational Health, Operations, Brands, Procurement, Maintenance and IT teams, and also the support and advice of specialist strategic suppliers. To define new spaces, processes and brand standards, the team has reviewed all the customer contact points: reception, rooms, car parks, swimming pools, restaurants, meeting rooms, spa, entertainment programme, etc. Likewise, in order to ensure that customer preferences are also taken into account, more than 100,000 customers will be involved in the adaptation process through the launch of a recent survey.

To verify that the new product and service processes and standards adapted to the post-COVID context are effective in terms of safety and the customer experience, the company is also developing a battery of trials of new processes both in hotels which are closed and others which are providing accommodation to essential workers. The processes affect areas such as food and beverage services, cleaning procedures for rooms and public areas, simulations of customer flows at check-in and check-out, car parks and pool areas, as well as the estimation of the new capacity limits for different spaces. New digital applications and solutions are also being tested to reduce direct contact with customers.

With a view to the implementation of the program as soon as hotels reopen, the process will adapt to the rhythm of reopening in each region and country, with constant monitoring of the results obtained by the global team.

As Gabriel Escarrer, Executive Vice President and CEO of Meliá Hotels International, explains, "We will be prepared to open our hotels as soon as people have greater mobility and there is enough demand to guarantee a minimum level of occupancy. To do this, we are pouring all of our know-how and the experience we have had over the last few months in our hotels in China, into the "Stay Safe with Meliá" program. The Bureau Veritas certification confirms that the new processes and the adaptation of spaces comply with the maximum health and safety guarantees and the most rigorous international standards, a factor that will be essential to operate in the post-COVID-19 period."

Bertrand Martin, Executive President of Bureau Veritas Spain and Portugal, explains: "We are very pleased to work together with Meliá Hotels International. Bureau Veritas' mission is to build a world of Trust. In this sense, Global Safe Site allows us to meet the expectations of our society in terms of health and safety. In this way, we will contribute to the reopening of hotels and restaurants in accordance with the maximum guarantees of reliability. This certification will undoubtedly benefit the entire industry".

About Melia Hotels International

Founded in 1956 in Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Meliá Hotels International is one of the largest hotel companies worldwide, as well as the absolute leader within the Spanish market, with more than 380 hotels (current portfolio and pipeline) throughout more than 40 countries and four continents, operated under the brands: Gran Meliá Hotels & Resorts, Paradisus by Meliá, ME by Meliá, Meliá Hotels & Resorts, INNSIDE by Meliá, Sol by Meliá and TRYP by Wyndham. The strategic focus on international growth has allowed Meliá Hotels International to be the first Spanish hotel company with presence in key markets such as China, the Arabian Gulf or the US, as well as maintaining its leadership in traditional markets such as Europe, Latin America or the Caribbean. Its high degree of globalization, a diversified business model, the consistent growth plan supported by strategic alliances with major investors and its commitment to responsible tourism are the major strengths of Meliá Hotels International, being the Spanish Hotel leader in Corporate Reputation (Merco Ranking) and one of the most attractive to work worldwide. Meliá Hotels International is included in the IBEX 35 Spanish stock market index. Follow Meliá Hotels International on Twitter @MeliaHotelsInt and Facebook meliahotelsinternational.

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