Recently, Barceló Puerto Vallarta was certified as a hurricane shelter, awarded by the Disaster Prevention Department, Fire Department and the System for Integral Family Development (DIF) of Puerto Vallarta, being the first hotel of the Municipality in achieving this recognition and thus being able to support about 200 people in the case of a disaster.
At a press conference, the president of DIF, Magaly Fregoso Ortiz, congratulated the managers of Barceló Puerto Vallarta, for being the first establishment of its kind to have its own temporary shelter, assigned in the lounge of the Hotel La Jolla with a capacity to serve 184 families.
The Barceló Hotel staff received the training that they needed by the involved agencies. Luis Conde, deputy director of Systems, said that prior to the enablement of spaces and in addition to training, drills were held. He explained that within the organization they have five basic areas: cooking, health and hygiene, cleanliness, order, surveillance, and educational and recreational activities.
Sergio Ramirez, head of the municipal unit of Disaster and Fire Prevention Department said that shelters like the one that was enabled by the Barceló Puerto Vallarta can mitigate the effects of a disturbing phenomenon such as a hurricane. "We're betting to reduce all chances that something could happen and that if it does, everyone has the ability to give an immediate answer, this is what we are achieving with the Barceló Hotel", he said.
The assistant manager of municipal Tourism, Enrique Tovar, also acknowledged the effort made by the directors of Barceló Puerto Vallarta for providing guests with safe spaces and trained staff to serve them. He said that such projects increase the safety of tourists visiting the hotel and destination.
Earlier this year, Barceló Puerto Vallarta was awarded the Regional Award Winner by Check Safety First, received the recertification of Four Diamonds Award 2013 bestowed by the Triple A, has earned the Distinction H and Distinction S given by the Ministry of Tourism, and recently was given the Certificate of Excellence 2013 by Tripadvisor. At present, it is in the process of getting the ISO 9001:2008 certification, which they hope to complete before the end of the year.
For more information or reservations: http://www.barcelo.com, 01-800-BARCELO
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