Tanisha Ecological Tours wins international award

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 13, No. 21            June 5, 2003

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San Pedro's Tanisha Ecological Tours was recently recognized as one of the "most informative, educational and ecological tour companies in Central America" by Business Initiative Directions (BID). Owners Daniel and Elodia Nuñez traveled to Geneva, Switzerland last month to receive the Century International Gold Quality Era Award and Trophy presented to their tour company for its "Commitment to Quality and Excellence".

    The BID international selection committee notified Tanisha Ecological Tours of this honor by mail on February 15th, 2003. The proud owners were "taken by complete surprise" and later discovered that Blue Dream Productions had recommended Tanisha for the award. Blue Dream, a private Belgian film studio visited the island last summer and nominated Tanisha Ecological Tours following a video they shot  while experiencing a Tanisha tour. This footage aired on European television in five different countries, and was viewed by the BID selection committee. In addition, the committee was impressed by the client comments they reviewed on the tour company's website as well as those mentioned on ambergriscaye.com

    The presentation of the award took place at Geneva Convention 2003 held May 4th & 5th, 2003. Jose Prieto, President and CEO of Business Initiative Directions, as well as outstanding personalities from the international business world and members of the diplomatic corps in Switzerland, were in attendance.

    Daniel Nuñez has been a tour guide for the past 17 years and performs all of the Tanisha Ecological Tours himself. He specializes in bird watching and botanical tours, and was a "pioneer" in establishing the Lamanai Maya ruin trip. Elodia, also a tour guide, chooses to promote the business "from the inside," booking tours and educating visitors. The couple recently completed construction on their new location on upper Pescador Drive in San Pedro Town. 

    BID carries out continuous polls of companies nominated for awards from 166 countries worldwide. These companies must meet the criteria of Total Quality Management (TQM). This is an organizational approach to continuously improve business processes and systems, through behavioral and cultural change. The primary objective of TQM is customer satisfaction. It involves basic principles such as involving and respecting all people - members, customers, suppliers and staff. TQM companies must have a quality-driven organization, a customer-minded approach, job satisfaction, and system efficiency.

    On behalf of the community, The San Pedro Sun salutes Tanisha Ecological Tours for their achievement and for promoting responsible tourism in Belize.

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