Barefoot Services Awarded Belize Gold Standard Status
Barefoot Services had already been established as Belize’s premier resource for transportation, adventure and cultural tours throughout the country, so when the company was notified that it had been granted “Tourism Gold Standard” recognition just in time for the nation’s reopening to tourists, there was plenty to celebrate at company headquarters.
“We recognize the importance of keeping tourists visiting Belize once the airport reopens on October 1, 2020 safe and healthy, which is why we didn’t hesitate a moment to adopt the Belize Tourism Board’s stringent list of guidelines,” said Megs Yeardwood, Managing Director at Barefoot Services. “We are especially mindful of the fact that Placencia and most of Southern Belize is COVID-19 free, and we intend to do our part to keep it that way.”
In order to attain the Belize Gold Standard status from the Belize Tourism Board (BTB), every one of the company’s practices and protocols were examined, overhauled and updated to meet enhanced tour operator sanitation practices. Visitors will experience major changes in the way staff interacts with them as a direct result of revolutionary new workplace policies and operating procedures.
Business as usual for Barefoot staffers has been re-imagined, thus all bookings will adhere to these guidelines:
-New social distancing protocols for operators and guests
-Non-invasive temperature checks for both staff and visitors
-Exceptional cleaning and sanitation procedures to disinfect common areas
-Utilization of the Ministry of Health app to stay in the loop about updated virus-related news
-Face mask and personal protective equipment requirements for personnel
-Communication requirements that meet response guidelines for suspected illness
-Availability of sanitation stations and products
-Prioritized digital technologies for touchless transactions and booking
-Training classes for all employees (an ongoing mandate).
“Because we take this so seriously, Barefoot’s management has been charged with responsibility for all compliance matters,” adds Yearwood. “Having done everything possible to make sure every tourist using our services returns home as happy and healthy as he or she was before coming to Belize is our focus and our goal. We are so proud to show off our homeland, especially after all of the Covid-related traumas our guests have suffered through. They truly need TLC and Barefoot is ready to provide that and more!”
Barefoot Services specializes in organizing tours, renting vehicles, and providing ground transfer services throughout Belize. We are the first choice for travelers arriving by sea, air and land. Founded by lifelong Belizean travel experts with more than 10 years of experience, Barefoot is the recipient of a 2020 Travelers’ Choice Award and is continuously ranked within top 10 lists of travel industry members for friendly, welcoming, efficient and professional service. Gold Standard Certification status contributes to accolades that ensure guest safety and welfare. For additional information, please call +(501) 629-9602 or Email: [email protected]