GBAC STAR Destination

The GBAC STAR Destination program positions communities to demonstrate their dedication to health, wellness, and resilience.

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What is different about this GBAC STAR program?

The GBAC STAR Destination program supports the destination’s regeneration plan by helping businesses in the community become resilient to future known (i.e., influenza, norovirus, etc.), and unknown infectious disease outbreaks through the GBAC STAR Accreditation. The GBAC STAR Accreditation program is a comprehensive impact management plan focused on continuous improvement, compliance, risk assessment, and preparedness against infectious disease.

Becoming a Destination and promoting the best practices for infectious disease prevention, ensures your community is resilient and can sustain through another unexpected event like the pandemic.

Who is the program for?

Why earn the designation?

  • This designation allows the community to operate under the same guidelines for health, wellness, and resilience.
  • It communicates to travelers, both professional and leisure, that they can experience your city with confidence in their travel, entertainment, lodging, and cuisine.
  • It communicates to your residents that investment is being made in the public health of their city, as well as bolstering economic drivers of the city.

Benefits of being a GBAC STAR Destination

  • Complimentary GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation for the CVB, DMO, Municipality, or COC leading the effort. (This is not a requirement, but is encouraged to better promote the program).
  • Marketing and public relations support from GBAC and ISSA that aid in responses to RFPs and RFIs from event planners.
    • GBAC STAR Facilities become “GBAC STAR Event Ready” to host safer events
    • Fillable flyers and infographics providing information on GBAC STAR Destination as a selling point for event planners.
  • GBAC STAR Resources for preparing accreditation documentation materials.
    • 20 Element Bootcamp
    • Dedicated support from the GBAC Technical team.
  • Access to GBAC STAR education and ISSA Education for all staff members within facilities and service provider companies.
    • Infectious Disease Awareness Course.
    • GBAC Fundamentals Course
    • GBAC Academy Scientific Webinars.

GBAC STAR Destination Requirements

To achieve the GBAC STAR Destination designation, the DMO, municipality, or Chamber of Commerce leading the effort must:

  • Prepare and sign a GBAC STAR Destination Pledge.
  • Identify key targets/industries within the community to achieve GBAC STAR accreditation. For example: Transportation centers, mass gathering venues, hospitality, key community events, building service contractors, et al.
  • Establish a GBAC STAR Destination Collaboration Team that includes members from the key stakeholders identified within the community.
  • Collaboration Team members must complete the GBAC Fundamentals Online Course & GBAC Destination Training (GBAC STAR Program Overview including 20 Element Introduction).
  • Collaboration Team members must complete the GBAC Fundamentals Online Course & GBAC Destination Training (GBAC STAR Program Overview including 20 Element Introduction). Up to five (5) courses included ($1,500 value) with additional courses at a discounted rate of $75.
GBAC STAR Destination steps

GBAC STAR Diamond Destination Requirements

To achieve the GBAC STAR Destination designation, the CVB, DMO, municipality, or Chamber of Commerce leading the effort must:

  • Prepare and sign a GBAC STAR Destination Pledge.
  • Identify key targets/industries within the community to achieve GBAC STAR accreditation.
    • For example: Transportation centers, mass gathering venues, hospitality, key community events, building service contractors, et al.
  • Establish a GBAC STAR Destination Collaboration Team that includes key stakeholders/industry leaders within the community
  • Collaboration Team members complete the GBAC Fundamentals Online Course. Up to five (5) courses included ($1,500 value) with additional courses at a discounted rate of $75.
GBAC STAR Diamond Destination

GBAC STAR Destination Annual Cost (USD)

Destinations with populations greater than 500,000:

  • 1-year agreement: $2,000
  • 3-year agreement: $1,500 per year

Destinations with populations less than 500,000:

  • 1-year agreement: $750
  • 3-year agreement: $500 per year

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