As an alternative Grading system for the South African hospitality industry, Blue
Star Grading reflects the European Accommodation Standard for B&B’s and Guesthouses
. In 2010 these Standards have so far been successfully applied in several European
Countries by the hospitality grading associations. More Countries are going to follow
The target of Blue Star Grading is to inform travelers in South Africa that an Accommodation
Establishment was assessed according to the European Accommodation Standards. Blue
Star Grading is totally independent and not driven by any Government, other organizations
or systems. Blue Star Grading sees its duty in assessing the standards of subscribing
Establishments only. They do not involve themselves with the checking of permits,
Tax issues and other legal requirements. Sensitive information like annual turnover
or rate structures of Establishments is not requested. In order to obtain a Blue
Star Grading license, the Establishment just needs to furnish proof of registration
as an accommodation business and that it complies with the standards of the category
applied for. (From 1 up to 4 Blue Stars). The assessment will be carried out annually.
Thereafter, the establishment is entitled to carry the Blue Stars and put up the
appropriate Blue Star Grading sign and logo.
As, to a great extent, the new 2010 Guesthouse criteria of other grading organizations
in South Africa (applying the extremely high Hotel standards) does not apply to a
large number of B&B’s, Guesthouses and Country Houses anymore, the Blue Star Grading
system has adapted the European and German criteria, custom made for the needs of
smaller establishments. The European Hotel Grading as well as the G-Grading is based
on the well maintained German Grading System . It provides very balanced and fair
The Blue Star G-Classification provides transparency and reliability to the clients
of classified B&B´s, Guesthouses and Country Houses, and the guests will know in
advance which facilities and services the premises offer.
It reflects the European Grading Standard for B&B´s, Guesthouses and Country Houses
and, as stated before, several grading associations in several European Countries
subscribe to these criteria. The European traveler will appreciate the existence
of a well known grading standard and will thus be able to make an easy decision to
book into Blue Star graded establishments.