The Occidental El Embajador hotel was selected for the “Best Hotels in The Americas” award because of the impressive scores it received for its compliance with international standards in the handling of food water in its facility.
The evaluation is carried out by the Cristal Americas company, a subsidiary of the British-based Check Safety First organization, with offices in 18 countries which oversee 1800 hotels around the world. The company is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) for the important work it carries out.
Past winners of the “Check Safety First Award” (2010) were the Hotel Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado (in the country’s north coast), the Hotel Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana (in the easternmost region), and the Occidental El Embajador hotel, in Santo Domingo.
Check Safety First Limited (www.checksafetyfirst.com) is a global consultant in risk- management programs. Its main objective is to provide assistance to tourism facilities in their handling of food and water in order to prevent diseases. In the Dominican Republic the company operates under the name Cristal Americas SRL. All hotels are given monthly spot-inspections in order to monitor their procedures in these particular areas.
The “Check Safety First” award takes into account the average scores obtained by each tourism facility during the year, as well as the health and safety standards they have in place. The company also gives the “Check Safety First Global Awards” to the best facilities in the business.
These awards have become a standard for quality, since their rating system is very strict with monitoring procedures. They follow closely the guidelines set forth by the World Health Organization as well as the International Federation of Tour Operators, the Association of British Travel Agents, the American Association of Travel Agencies and the FCO Travel Advise.