ISAAP acquired by GSA

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UK: The International Serviced Accommodation Accreditation Process (ISAAP) has been acquired by Global Secure Accreditation (GSA).

The Association of Serviced Apartment Providers (ASAP) sought expressions of interest to turn accreditation body ISAAP into an independent organisation. After an RFP process Global Secure Accreditation (GSA) has acquired ISAAP and will take over full ownership from 1st September 2021.

James Foice, ASAP CEO said: “I am immensely proud of what we have achieved over the last nine years and my heartfelt thanks go out to all the team and everyone who has been involved in getting us to this point. I am sure that this separation will remove any potential conflicts of interest we may face as we continue to grow. As an independent but mutually supportive entity, ASAP can now objectively collaborate with our global partners to set standards and continue to improve the quality and service product for our customers, right across the accommodation industry.”

Bob Quick, founder director at GSA added: “GSA is delighted to acquire ISAAP, who have developed and delivered accreditation to the serviced apartment sector over the past nine years. We look forward to welcoming the ISAAP team to GSA where we will soon be able to offer fully independent and authoritative accreditation for hotel and serviced apartment accommodation, which will be overseen and validated by a UK Government (Ofqual) approved standards body – SFJ Awards. We look forward to working closely with our partners ASAP in raising safety, security and quality standards for stakeholders across the sector ensuring the serviced apartment sector becomes ever more appealing choice for the corporate and leisure customer.”

Quick added: “GSA specialise in delivering global security, safety and health security accreditation products to the hospitality industry, and training and audit to the corporate travel sector. GSA will build on ISAAP’s success to widen the scope of services and appeal to the sector. We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with ASAP and others to help drive our aspirations of making the serviced accommodation a safer and more reliable option for the traveller”.

Foice concluded: “I am absolutely delighted that GSA will now help ISAAP deliver accreditation products to the Serviced Accommodation industry, and beyond. We have for many years realised the need to position ISAAP in the commercial space, to not only grow but to allow the traveller to understand the importance of due diligence, safety and duty of care responsibilities, our members deliver.”

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