TIAPEI: New health and safety certification will give P.E.I. tourism an edge

 Thursday, March 10, 2022 

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Tourism operators in Prince Edward Island can now take advantage of a new training and certification program aimed at safety-conscious visitors as the Island looks to reopen amid the ongoing pandemic.


The Tourism Industry Association of P.E.I. (TIAPEI) says the Safe Haven P.E.I. program will offer reassurance to customers as the world moves toward living with COVID-19.

The program, believed to be the first program of its kind in North America, aims to help tourists and others find businesses and services with a proven commitment to “rigorous” health and safety standards.

The research is telling us that travellers want to see these safety measures and certifications when they’re looking to travel somewhere, said TAIPEI CEO Corryn Clemence.

The program was modelled on a similar campaign in Australia called EarthSafe, which was developed by tourism advisory group EarthCheck, according to Clemence.

That program came out of the pandemic, and was ensuring the safety and hygiene processes of a lot of the resorts, Clemence said.


Will provide a ‘peace of mind’ for visitors

The Safe Haven program includes an online checklist and training for staff, as well as annual inspections by Quality Tourism Services, a company that already does hygiene safety inspections for accommodations on the Island, Clemence said.

It’s a really robust program. It will provide peace of mind, not just for their visitors, but they understand the importance to our communities and our their staff as well, she said.

The Safe Haven P.E.I. program is free for tourism operators for the next two years.

Tourism has had a tough couple of years and they really wanted to offer this to them as a way of enhancing their operations as they prepare for the upcoming year, Clemence said.

Restaurants, airports, cruise lines, event centres and operators offering accommodations can take part in the program.






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