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Supplier News19 November 2020

International WELL Building Institute and AAHOA Partner to Support Hoteliers in Getting Back to Business

Collaboration includes idea-sharing and discounts to the WELL Health-Safety Rating for AAHOA Members

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International WELL Building Institute (IWBI)

To support hoteliers in successfully getting back to business, strengthen pandemic recovery efforts and reassure guests and staff alike, the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) and AAHOA are joining forces to provide AAHOA's nearly 20,000 membership network with further health and safety guidance and education. The new partnership will give the largest hotel owners association in the nation access to special tools and resources to achieve the WELL Health-Safety Rating, as well as live webcasts and forthcoming member-only events.

"Recognizing the tremendous challenges in taking necessary steps to prioritize health and safety of staff, guests and stakeholders during the COVID-19 pandemic," says Cecil P. Staton, AAHOA president & CEO, "IWBI, a global leader in advancing health and wellness in buildings and communities globally, will offer our members invaluable insights and expertise that complement AAHOA's existing and robust hotelier resources."

IWBI recently introduced the WELL Health-Safety Rating for Facility Operations and Management. The rating is an evidence-based rating focused on operational policies, maintenance protocols, emergency plans and stakeholder education, and works in conjunction with Safe Stay, providing additional confidence of third-party verification and a competitive advantage.

"The WELL Health-Safety Rating provides an efficient and cost-effective opportunity to guide, validate, recognize and scale owner-operator efforts on critical health and safety issues," says Rachel Gutter, IWBI president and CEO. "It includes a critical focus on cleaning and sanitization protocols, but also involves a broader assessment of factors contributing to overall health and wellness and indicates a long-term commitment to health and safety, while accommodating immediate-term needs."

In developing the rating, IWBI convened a WELL Advisory for Hotels and Resorts, featuring leaders across the hospitality ecosystem - including representation from AAHOA, along with other brands, operators, owners, and associations - to review the criteria and application of the rating in the hospitality sector.

As part of the partnership, AAHOA members are eligible for a 25 percent discount when enrolling to pursue the WELL Health-Safety Rating. As of November 2020, more than 7,500 projects in 21 countries have enrolled, accounting for more than 400 million square feet of space. Among the facilities that have been WELL Health-Safety Rated are:

  • RMZ Corp - the first globally to achieve the WELL Health-Safety Rating, across 41 properties in India
  • Yankee Stadium - first sports venue in the world to achieve the WELL Health-Safety Rating
  • Empire State Building - as part of the Empire State Realty Trust, first commercial portfolio to achieve the WELL Health-Safety Rating

To learn more about the International WELL Building Institute and the WELL Health-Safety Rating, visit www.wellcertified.com. For more information on AAHOA, membership opportunities, and member benefits and resources, visit www.AAHOA.com.

About AAHOA

AAHOA is the largest hotel owners association in the world. The nearly 20,000 AAHOA members own almost half the hotels in the United States. With billions of dollars in property assets and over 600,000 employees, AAHOA members are core economic contributors in virtually every community. AAHOA is a proud defender of free enterprise and the foremost current-day example of realizing the American dream.

About the International WELL Building Institute

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is leading the global movement to transform our buildings, communities and organizations in ways that help people thrive. WELL v2 is the latest version of its popular WELL Building Standard (WELL), and the WELL Community Standard pilot is a district scale rating system that sets a new global benchmark for healthy communities. WELL is focused exclusively on the ways that buildings and communities, and everything in them, can improve our comfort, drive better choices, and generally enhance, not compromise, our health and wellness. IWBI mobilizes the wellness community through management of the WELL AP credential, the pursuit of applicable research, the development of educational resources, and advocacy for policies that promote health and wellness for everyone, everywhere. For more information about IWBI and WELL, visit us here.

International WELL Building Institute, IWBI, the WELL Building Standard, WELL v2, WELL Certified, WELL AP, WELL Portfolio, The WELL Conference, the WELL Community Standard, WELL Workforce, WELL Health-Safety Rating, WE ARE WELL, WELL and others, and their related logos are trademarks or certification marks of International WELL Building Institute pbc in the United States and other countries.

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