, the preeminent organization for security management professionals worldwide, is pleased to announce that the Tsogo Sun Group, the largest hotel group in Africa, will become the first hotel and resort group in the world to implement the ANSI/ASIS American National Standard Organizational Resilience: Security, Preparedness and Continuity Management Systems—Requirements with Guidance for Use (ASIS SPC.1-2009). By implementing this standard, the Tsogo Sun Group aims to protect its clientele and assure reliability of services in advance of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. This premier international football tournament takes place between June 11 and July 11, 2010.
The ANSI/ASIS Organizational Resilience standard, which incorporates the ISO 28000 Security in the Supply Chain standard, provides a holistic approach to security, crisis, preparedness and continuity management. By applying this standard, the Tsogo Sun Group will further enhance the hotel group’s level of preparedness for the World Cup and beyond.
“This is the first World Cup in Africa, and with hundreds of thousands of spectators expected to visit South Africa during that time, we want to preemptively enhance our existing preparations for any natural or man-made hazard,” said Gert Cruywagen, Group Director of Risk, Tsogo Sun Group. “We looked at a range of standards and methodologies and decided to choose the ASIS standard because it augmented our group’s strategic position on continuous development of organizational resilience.”
“Guests at the Tsogo Sun Group’s hotels and gaming facilities can count on best-in-class safety, security and reliability during their stays, whether during the 2010 FIFA World Cup or beyond,” Cruywagen adds. Tsogo Sun Group owns and operates the Southern Sun, Garden Court and StayEasy hotel chains, as well as several iconic hotels and casinos including the Montecasino and Sandton Sun.
“The Tsogo Sun Group was quick to realize that the new ANSI/ASIS Organizational Resilience standard would give it a solid foundation to ensure guests can enjoy their visit to South Africa during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in as safe an environment as possible” said Marc Siegel, commissioner of the ASIS International Global Standards Initiative. “I commend them for their leadership and hope this initiative will help the entire service sector become better prepared for international events of this magnitude.”
ASIS pioneered the concept of applying a systems approach to security and resilience management, and will work with the Tsogo Sun Group to implement the standard and validate the conformance and performance of the management system.