• Boise Centre Earns GBAC STAR Facility Reaccreditation

     
    POSTED March 30, 2022
     
  • Boise Centre Earns GBAC STAR Facility Reaccreditation

     
    POSTED March 30, 2022
     

When I visited Boise Centre for our recent cover story on Idaho’s capital city, I found the convention center, much like the city itself, spotless and both nimble and responsible in reacting to the ongoing pandemic. As I wrote then, the convention center was the first business in Idaho to earn the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR Accreditation, which confirms a facility has met high standards in minimizing risks associated with infectious agents like COVID-19. Now, as part of its ongoing commitment to protecting the health of all exhibitors and attendees, Boise Centre has successfully completed the GBAC reaccreditation process.

To renew the accreditation, Boise Centre was required to demonstrate compliance with program’s 20 core elements, which range from standard operating procedures, and risk assessment to personal protective equipment, and emergency preparedness and response measures.

“Receiving the third-party validation of our cleaning, disinfection and infection prevention procedures gives our clients, guests and employees confidence that Boise Centre is taking the steps necessary to ensure safe and enjoyable events,” said Boise Centre’s Executive Director Pat Rice. “Renewing our GBAC STAR facility accreditation sets us apart, and in turn helps our customers reassure their guests their event meets the highest standards of cleanliness and safety.” 

The ability to offer that reassurance turns out to be good for business. Mary-Michael Rodgers, Boise Centre’s communications manager, points out that last year the convention center welcomed 145,000 attendees to conventions, meetings and special events.

 

How are we doing? Pretty good. That was the bottom-line assessment that was shared with the nearly 600 tourism and professionals who attended Visit Seattle’s Annual Outlook Meeting at the Westin Seattle on March 31.

Some highlights from the 2021 study showed:

 

A big part of what imbues a destination with a sense of place and makes it memorable are its small locally owned businesses.  A new partnership between Visit Seattle and Seattle Bank is designed to support these businesses and bring tourism revenue to Seattle’s emerging neighborhoods. The inaugural grant program will invest in 20 local businesses, focusing on establishments owned by women, people of color and LGBTQ+ community members in the easily accessible Central District and Chinatown-International District neighborhoods.

 

Honeycomb Strategies, based in the Colorado mountain town of Crested Butte and with a second location in Portland, Oregon, has been certified as a B Corporation. The women-owned sustainability consulting firm is helping the global event industry create sustainable management systems and reduce its footprint. 

B Corps are for-profit companies that meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability and use their profits and growth to positively impact stakeholders and the planet.