UK: Passepartout Homes, a leading boutique vacation rental agency which pairs luxury-minded travellers with owners of unique properties around the world, has announced a partnership with DREAM&CHARME, the Italian certification body for accommodation facilities.
Through the partnership, Passepartout Homes will now offer its portfolio of properties the opportunity to apply for a DCA Certification in partnership with the certification body.
DREAM&CHARME is the sole certification body Internationally accredited by Accredia [the national accreditation body appointed by the Italian government attesting competence and independence of certification bodies, operating under the vigilance of the Ministry of Economic Development] in accordance with the International Standard ISO17065. The company certifies accommodation facilities with the signet DCA Certification [DCA: Dream&Charme Assurance] in accordance with the Standard D&C:2020.
The aim of the DCA Certification is to heighten the standards of the villa rental industry. Vacation properties around the world, including hotels and privately-owned accommodation, can now obtain the respected DCA Certification providing they meet the requirements of the Standard D&C: 2020 audit physically or remotely.
Independent, competent and accredited audits are designed to ensure that certified accommodations stand out as a whole, scoring highly in categories including: room layout, accessories and furnishings, entertainment and outdoors, in addition to technical requirements including proper maintenance of buildings.
The Standard D&C:2020 requires an assessment of accommodation by an accredited professional, which can be conducted physically or remotely.
If approved, the DCA Certification will be valid for three years from the date of issue and requires a review every 12 months.
Advantages of certification include a guarantee to tourists that the property is legitimate, true to imagery as advertised online and in brochures, and a guarantee of reliability and safety.