COLUMBUS, OH — Ohio’s capital announces that eight of the city’s primary visitor touchpoints have achieved GBAC STAR accreditation, with several other partners pursuing the accreditation.
John Glenn Columbus International Airport and the 2020 Prime Site Award-winning Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) were the first Columbus facilities to achieve the GBAC STAR accreditation. The Hyatt Regency Columbus, a headquarter hotel of the GCCC, and multiple Hyatt Place properties are also accredited. Within the past week, Nationwide Arena and Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) achieved their accreditation — and COTA, the city’s public bus system, is the second of its kind in the world to achieve this accreditation. Several more event venues, hotels and attractions are actively pursuing accreditation, including the Hilton Columbus Downtown and Arena District Athletic Club.
At least one partner in every one of Experience Columbus’ industry sectors — event venues, transportation, lodging, attractions — has already secured or is actively pursuing the accreditation.
“Achieving GBAC STAR accreditation is another testament to our commitment to safely welcoming back visitors. Demonstrating health and safety measures is a vital piece of ensuring consumer confidence and restarting the travel economy,” said Brian Ross, President and CEO of Experience Columbus. “This has been a collective effort, and with each facility and business doing their part to follow stringent cleaning protocols and make safety their first priority, together we’re showing travelers that we’re ready for them.”