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Miami Beach Convention Center receives GBAC Star™ facility accreditation

(MIAMI, FL) – September 3, 2020 – The Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) is proud to announce its recent achievement of the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ Facility Accreditation, the gold standard for  facilities and venues worldwide. Under the guidance of GBAC (a division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association), MBCC has implemented the most stringent protocols and staff training for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention.

"The health, safety, and security of the Miami Beach Convention Center and all who enter is our top priority,” said General Manager, Freddie Peterson. “The MBCC proudly joins the ranks of other nationally  and internationally recognized GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation venues. By deploying strict cleaning, disinfection and staff training protocols, we set the stage for a healthy return to live events and continuing our commitment to excellence in venue management. We are thrilled to have ISSA/GBAC’s third party independent accreditation as this further instills confidence amongst our teams, clients and guests while furthering positioning the MBCC for continued success."

“Miami Beach is a global leader in many aspects – including providing clean and healthy spaces to enjoy in our exceptional community,” said Miami Beach Commissioner Steven Meiner. “Our stunning Convention Center’s GBAC Accreditation exemplifies that and reflects the efforts our hospitality industry has taken to provide safe and incredible experiences for visitors.”

As the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation, GBAC STAR™ helps organizations establish protocols and operating procedures, offering expert-led training and assessing venue readiness for biorisk situations. The program verifies that the MBCC implements best practices to prepare for, respond to and recover from outbreaks and pandemics (including COVID-19).

“GBAC STAR™ accreditation empowers facility and venue owners and managers to assure workers, customers and key stakeholders that they have proven systems in place to maintain clean and healthy environments,” said GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger. “With GBAC STAR™ accreditation, the Miami Beach Convention Center receives third-party validation that the venue follows strict protocols for biorisk situations, thereby demonstrating its preparedness and commitment to operating safely.”   

MBCC demonstrated compliance with the program’s 20 core elements to achieve GBAC STAR™ accreditation, ranging from standard operating procedures and risk assessment strategies to personal protective equipment and emergency preparedness and response measures.

GBAC STAR™ is designed for any size facility—including schools, offices, hotels, airports, assisted care facilities, and other public venues such as stadiums, convention centers, arenas and theaters—to establish a comprehensive system of cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention.

Other top venues committed to GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation include: Hard Rock Stadium in Miami; Orange County Convention Center in Orlando; Hyatt Hotels & Resorts; Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas; McCormick Place in Chicago; Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati; the Las Vegas Convention Center; Staples Center in Los Angeles; San Diego Convention Center and The Leading Hotels of the World, (which represents more than 400 hotels in over 80 countries), among many others.

GBAC STAR™ also has garnered support from leading industry organizations such as: the International Association of Venue Managers; International Facility Management Association; Informa Markets; International Association of Exhibitions and Events; Trade Show Executive Media; Society of Independent Show Organizers; Freeman + Go LIVE Together (a coalition of leaders from the live events industry that represent more than 4,000 companies with U.S. operations and 112 other countries); the Infection Prevention Strategy (TIPS) and Unique Venues.

Learn more about GBAC STAR™ accreditation at Visit the MBCC’s Health Advisory page for venue measures developed in support of protecting our collective health.


About MBCC

The Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) is the centerpiece to Miami Beach’s meetings and conventions industry. Re-imagined following a $620-million-dollar renovation, the expanded MBCC includes a new 60,000 square-foot Grand Ballroom, almost 500,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space, an expanded Grand Lobby, pre-function areas that are bathed in natural light, up to 84 breakout rooms, almost 2,100 miles of cabling to support all IT communications, $7.1 million dollars’ worth of art curated by the City of Miami Beach Art in Public Places program, a new six-acre public green space that can serve as incremental event space, and much, much more.

For more information, visit, call 786-276-­2600, or email [email protected].

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 accreditation program, training and certification of individuals and consulting for building owners and facility managers. For more information, visit

About ISSA 
With more than 9,300 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 Northbrook, 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.