Industry Update
Press Release 9 July 2020

Small Luxury Hotels of the World TM Announces ‘Stay Small, Stay Safe’ Initiative As Hotels Prepare to Welcome Travellers

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Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has launched a 'Stay Small, Stay Safe' initiative offering enhanced health and detailed safety guidelines for all 520 member hotels in 90 countries. SLH has always been a champion of elite independent hotels with the utmost standards, and as more than 330 member hotels have now reopened and many more prepare to open in the coming weeks, the programme provides peace of mind for guests as they prepare to travel the world once again.

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A recent survey conducted of loyal SLH guests shows over 90% of travellers would feel more comfortable staying in a small independent hotel. The 'Stay Small, Stay Safe' initiative acknowledges the desire for intimate hotel experiences with fewer crowds that travellers are seeking. With just 50 rooms on average, SLH properties are able to offer secluded, discrete options with the highest safety standards.

In order to safeguard these standards, SLH has entered a partnership with the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) for its hotels to pursue GBAC STAR™ accreditation. The performance-based cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention programme helps hotels minimize risks associated with infectious agents and biohazards. GBAC STAR accreditation provides third-party validation to ensure hotels have the elevated cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques and work practices in place so guests can truly relax during their stay.

Additionally, a 'Stay Small, Stay Safe' module will be launched on the SLH website - www.SLH.com - helping guests and travel advisors make informed decisions and guide their journey through the site. The latest updates on border openings, quarantine restrictions, best practices and information pertaining to COVID-19 precautions at each hotel will provide accurate and up-to-date details in the ever-changing environment. The SLH Quality Assurance Policy will also update the 700-point Mystery Inspection programme checklist with an additional 136 checkpoints related to health, safety and cleanliness standards performed at all 520 hotels annually. The heightened standards for hygiene will be critical for the safety and comfort of each guest and staff member as hotels reopen their doors.

"Travellers are yearning for a change of scenery and have now begun to cautiously book their next adventure, and with these new measures, SLH can confidently reassure each guest of a worry-free stay," says Jean-Francois Ferret, CEO at Small Luxury Hotels of the World. "The ability to be flexible and adapt is crucial at this time, and our intimate member hotels can do so in a thorough and bespoke way. We look forward to welcoming guests back to our outstanding properties warmly and safely."

About Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC)

Composed of international leaders in the field of microbial-pathogenic threat analysis, mitigation, response, and recovery, GBAC, a Division of ISSA, provides training, guidance, accreditation, certification, crisis management assistance, and leadership to government, commercial and private entities looking to mitigate, quickly address, and/or recover from biological threats and real-time crises. The organization's services include biorisk management program assessment and training, Forensic Restoration® response and remediation, the GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation program, training and certification of individuals, and consulting for building owners and facility managers. For more information, visit www.gbac.org.

About Small Luxury Hotels of the World

Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) is the most desirable community of independently minded travellers and independently spirited hotels in the world. We turned the luxury boutique hotel into a phenomenon and selected the distinctive, the diverse and the downright delightful. People, places and experiences with individual character, intimate charm and inherent class. We've personally visited, vetted and verified over 520 hotels in more than 90 countries. We are envisioning a future where people experience the world with intention, experience its intensity and protect its integrity. Be part of the community - join us at INVITED, visit us at www.SLH.com, contact a travel agent or call the Small Luxury Hotels of the World VIP Desk. Click here to view a full contact listing by country.

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