Quito made the awarding of the recognition to the tourist quality
41 restaurants, 22 Tour Operators and 7 accommodations are added to the 204 establishments that have their plaque for the excellence and sustainability of their offer
The Mayor's Office of Quito, through Quito Turismo, made the awarding of the recognition to the tourist quality - 'Distintivo Q' to 70 new establishments of the Metropolitan District of Quito.
There are 41 restaurants, 22 Tour Operators and 7 accommodations that add to the 204 establishments that have their plaque for the excellence and sustainability of its tourism offer.
This year, also, two special recognitions were awarded as 'Distinctive Q Gold' for those establishments with loyalty to the program and an average higher than 90% of compliance and; 'Platinum Q badge' for establishments with 100% compliance with the standard.
Veronica Sevilla, general manager of Quito Turismo said that "the" Distinctive Q "was created to boost the quality and sustainability of the tourist destination through the improvement of tourism. The quality of the establishments allows tourism to develop in a sustainable manner and contribute to Quito being recognized nationally and internationally for the excellence of the services ".
For a tourist establishment to obtain its recognition, Quito Turismo carries out technical verifications. The applicable standards for the activity of the establishment must be complied with in 80% or more and must be renewed annually. Participation is voluntary and has no cost.
The effort of businessmen is recognized by Quito Turismo with the promotion of its business, with promotional and dissemination activities on digital platforms, training in technical and administrative issues and advice through continuous improvement reports.
The 'Distinctive Q' program began, in 2011, with the recognition of restaurants, cafeterias, hotels and hostels. As of 2017, the technical standards for the recognition of tour operators were incorporated, with the purpose of strengthening the entire tourist chain.
The 'Distintivo Q' program is the only recognition of tourism quality that has been maintained in Ecuador for 6 consecutive years and is managed and supported by a public institution specializing in tourism development and management.
At the beginning of each year the 'Distinctive Q' Program opens its call for new establishments that voluntarily join this effort to achieve excellence in their business.
In addition, a quality program must use the principles of continuous improvement in its structure. Thus, from the year 2019 will apply a new regulation of 'Distinctive Q', which creates a Quality Committee with the participation of establishments and the Academy, to streamline the program and strengthen business links.
Quito Turismo and the private company continue working on the implementation of sustainable tourism development practices for Quito. For this purpose, a standard was created with technical, measurable and objective standards, which together promote quality within a framework of sustainability for the operation of tourist establishments.