About Accreditation

What we do

There are many options for people wanting information on the quality of a hotel, its restaurant, its cleanliness or the courtesy of its staff.  However, information on a hotel’s security policies, practices and track record is almost impossible to find.  Yet 89% of travellers consider security their first concern when travelling.


GSA is the first independent, global assessment and audit scheme for hotels.  It delivers:


  • An honest and independent assessment of a hotel’s security
  • A global standard to reassure travellers
  • Consultancy and advice on best practice for hotels

About Accreditation

GSA conducts independent, risk-based assessments on the security of hotels against a set of externally audited standards. The standards required to achieve GSA accreditation are comprehensive and include policies, procedures, equipment and level of preparedness for hotel security incidents and incursions.



Our standards are risk-based and designed to ensure consistent, appropriate level of security, having assessed the unique environment and risk profile of a hotel.

The six standards fall within three core categories:


  • Standard 1 – Maintaining security through strategic planning
  • Standard 2 – Maintaining security through management of security policies and procedures


  • Standard 3 – Maintaining security of perimeters, carparks and hotel areas
  • Standard 4 – Maintaining security using surveillance, lighting and alarm systems
  • Standard 5 – Maintaining security through access control for staff, contractors and visitors


  • Standard 6 – Maintaining security through effective management and training of staff

Hotels are assigned a GSA qualified assessor drawn from a global network of experienced former law enforcement or military professionals.


The assessor completes a risk profile, unique to the hotel, that will evaluate the likelihood and impact of national, regional and local security risks.


Global Secure standard accreditation:

  • the assessor manages a hotel through a self-assessment process, undertaken remotely through a bespoke web-based software platform. To find out more, click here


Global Secure prestige accreditation:

  • the assessor undertakes all aspects of the assessment on behalf of the hotel
  • this includes a full on-site inspection. To find out more, click here


Once the assessment is complete, the hotel is recommended for accreditation, or a report with required remedial action to meet the standard is provided.  Accredited hotels receive a Global Secure Certificate of Accreditation, a detailed Accreditation Report and digital assets, including the Global Secure mark, for guest and industry communications.