Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Ramada Joins the Healthy Travel Trend, Signs on for Healthy Hotels Certification

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA, September 3, 2013, The Ramada Hotel and Suites Ballina Byron has always taken the safety and cleanliness of their accommodation seriously, but they wanted to be able to display The Healthy Hotels Certified Logo so that travelers would know that they have gone a step further. Guests will soon be greeted with the cleanest and healthiest guest rooms possible. This is one Hotel chain that can lay claim to having nearly 900 properties in 50 countries.

A great disparity exists in Australian accommodation with some properties sanitizing their guest room beds and carpets regularly, whilst others might go as long as three to five years without treatment and the trend is not class specific. In a recent five year study, it was proven that beds which aren’t sanitised at least twice per year will accumulate potentially harmful quantities of human skin cells, dust mites, dust mite excrement, mould spores, bacteria and volatile organic compounds. Exposed guests have demonstrated a broad response from minor allergic reaction to chronic respiratory infection.

It is no accident that guests arrive at the Ramada Ballina Byron with the expectation of enjoying a guest room that is top in its class. The fact that the property is becoming Healthy Hotels Certified is going to add impetus for travelers everywhere to include this location in their itinerary. After all, aside from having clean and healthy guest rooms, they are located on the waterfront, surrounded by immaculate beaches, lush rainforest, along with shopping and incredible places to wine and dine.

Ramada Hotel & Suites Ballina Byron offers 115 stylishly appointed rooms, with the availability of high-speed Internet, gym facilities and a heated outdoor swimming pool. AAA Tourism rates this property a 4.5 STAR Hotel under the official STAR Ratings Scheme. Ben Dargie, the Hotel’s Manager, had this to say at a recent interview: “Healthy Hotels Certification will assure our guests that Ramada Ballina Byron takes guest room health and cleanliness more seriously than our competition. We want our guests to have peace of mind during their stay and return home feeling rejuvenated.” 

The rapidly growing Healthy Hotels Program is helping conscientious property operators to leverage on their initiative, providing not only certification but added consumer awareness and even additional room sales. With cleanliness topping the guest priority list for many years to date, it’s no surprise travelers are seeking healthy accommodation now that cleanliness is perhaps defined more by what you can’t see than what you can. Properties that have leaned on the assumption that guests don’t know or won’t ask about their maintenance practices have begun to face a consumer shift, not unlike the momentous change in demand from smoking rooms to non smoking. For the more than one hundred properties who currently provide healthy accommodation, certification is as important to their business as it is to their guests health.

For further consumer information visit: Healthy Hotels Guide
For hoteliers: Healthy Hotels Program

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