Safe Adventures Await in Alaska with GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation

NORTHBROOK, Ill.July 8, 2021—Cruise ships are once again welcoming travelers aboard and setting sail to Alaska, the land of glaciers, wildlife, national parks, and more. This week, numerous facilities in Alaska have earned GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, including Forbidden Peak Brewery, bike shop Cycle Alaska, shoe store Shoefly Alaska, tour companies, and more.

“With approximately 187,000 people flocking to Alaska annually, much of the state thrives on tourism. Newly passed legislation allowing the return of cruise ships is great news for the state’s business owners,” said GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger. “Facilities in Alaska that have achieved GBAC STAR accreditation are committed to the health and safety of visitors, staff, and the community.”

Among the accreditations in Alaska is Icy Strait Point, a popular cruise ship destination only open when a ship is in port that features numerous shore excursions, waterfront restaurants, a museum, shopping, walking trails, and more. Icy Strait Point is Alaskan Native owned and-operated and all profits directly support the local community. Since approximately 85% of the staff live in Hoonah, the location of Icy Strait Point, a one-of-a-kind experience infusing the local indigenous culture awaits each visitor.

Another accredited facility, Gastineau Guiding, offers a popular tour—Discover Alaska’s Whales. This tour plays a significant role in gathering scientific data for various educational and research organizations, all while enjoying whale watching as part of an exclusive group. Additionally, two other adventure travel companies, Liquid Alaska Tours and M&M Tours Limited have been accredited. These businesses offer a range of tours, from glacier ice adventure tours and hiking shore excursions to canoe trips providing views of the natural beauty of Juneau, the state capital.

This week, the following facilities have earned GBAC STAR accreditation:

Cities or Travel Destinations

  • Gastineau Guiding Company in Juneau, Alaska
  • Liquid Alaska Tours in Juneau, Alaska
  • M&M Tours Limited in Juneau, Alaska

Museum or Cultural Venue

  • Icy Strait Point in Hoonah, Alaska

Retail Facilities

  • Cycle Alaska in Juneau, Alaska
  • Shoefly Alaska in Juneau, Alaska

Restaurant or Food Service Facility

  • Forbidden Peak Brewery in Juneau, Alaska

“As an increasing number of facilities pursue and earn accreditation, cities, states, and even entire regions become safer destinations for travelers and locals alike,” said ISSA Executive Director John Barrett. “With a strategic approach to cleaning for health, guests at restaurants, hotels, museums, and more can focus first and foremost on fun.” 

Learn more and apply for GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation at

Find accredited facilities and those pursuing accreditation via the GBAC STAR Facility Directory at

About GBAC, a Division of ISSA

Composed of international leaders in the field of microbial-pathogenic threat analysis, mitigation, response and recovery, the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (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 and service accreditation programs, training and certification of individuals and consulting for building owners and facility managers. For more information, visit

About ISSA

With more than 10,500 members—including distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, wholesalers, building service contractors, in-house service providers, residential cleaners and associated service members—ISSA is the world’s leading trade association for the cleaning industry. The association is committed to changing the way the world views cleaning by providing its members with the business tools they need to promote cleaning as an investment in human health, the environment and an improved bottom line. Headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., USA, the association has regional offices in Mainz, Germany; Whitby, Canada; Parramatta, Australia; Seoul, South Korea; and Shanghai, China. For more information about ISSA, visit or call 800-225-4772 (North America) or 847-982-0800.




For more information, contact ISSA Director of Communications Jill Nuppenau at [email protected]; phone, 847-982-0800 Ext. 1367.