Cypress Hills business up for three Sask. tourism awards
Several businesses from the southwest have been selected as finalists for Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence this year, including Cypress Hills Eco-Adventures, which is named as a finalist in three categories.
These awards allow the industry to recognize those people, places, organizations, and events that have gone above and beyond to offer superior tourism experiences to visitors and residents.
“It just goes to show all of the hard work we have put in over these past two years,” explained Jori Kirk with Cypress Hills Eco-Adventures. “Industry recognition is always good, but at the end of the day — and probably the reason why we are getting nominated — is because we focus on making sure the experience is always good for the people who come out.”
Last year, Cypress Hills Eco-Adventures was the winner of the rookie of the year award, and is excited to be a finalist as business of the year (under 50 full-time employees) for 2012. Kirk is up for the Fred Heal tourism ambassador award, and senior canopy tour guide Krista Berg is a finalist in the service excellence award (individual) category.
“I think it all boils down to the fact that we have a really fun company philosophy that I think a lot of people can buy into,” Kirk explained. “All of our staff are ambassadors for the entire Cypress Hills park, and when people deal with us, they get the information they are looking for. We make sure that they are the focus when we are out in the tree, and we’re always trying to make sure we get all the little things done right.”
The company provides outdoor adventures within the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. With group programming, interpretive forest tours with ziplining, sky bridges, and platforms, and a new treetop playground in the forest, there is plenty of adventure to be had in Saskatchewan.
“People love what we do, and we spend a ton of time focusing on that,” Kirk said. “We don’t just train our staff in technical skills and ability, they also know how to help people deal with fear, and how to help a group realize what they have accomplished. Our guides and staff do a great job of really showing people how empowered they feel after their tour is done.”
Although the company hasn’t been around for long, it has made an impact with the way it does business.
Total operation time is only about seven months, but the company was incorporated in November of 2010.
“We have staff who love their jobs, it’s so much fun being out there in the summer and we appreciate having this opportunity,” explained Kirk. “We stay humble and operate with humility, and try to make sure that we are providing activities and experiences to fit the needs of people who are in this area, or who might want to come to this area.”
Another focus for Cypress Hills Eco-Adventures is giving back to the region. Kirk explained that for them, it’s not just about making money every day — it’s about sustainability, doing what is best for the region and not just for the business.
“We need to operate in a way that will let us stay here for the people who are visiting,” noted Kirk.
“Cypress Hills is where we operate, but we promote the entire province of Saskatchewan. This is a great place.”
via SW Sask News – Prairie Post – Prairie Post http://www.prairiepost.com/news/sw-sask/item/3942-cypress-hills-business-up-for-three-sask-tourism-awards.html