Two years ago, I posted a Facebook photo of my pride Apple watch face with my rainbow pride band. I captioned it, “My watch has a little too much pride. Or is there such a thing?” Lots of friends responded with positive affirmations and messages like “You can never have too much pride.”But one friend, not in the LGBTQ community, quoted St. Augustine instead. “It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that changes men into angels.” I was stunned. I thought, “Is he trying to be funny? Does he not understand the deeper meaning when we say Pride?”I began reflecting on the word “pride” and what it means to our community. Over the last 30 years, I have marched in dozens of parades and attended many events. I can remember the newness and excitement of stepping outside of my hidden self to reveal my authentic self to friends and community members. Over those years, did the meaning and celebration of pride slip away or diminish somehow? This is placeholder text continue reading » This post is currently collecting data… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The Association of Croatian Travel Agencies (UHPA) together with its forty agencies has successfully implemented a project to renew the quality management system certificate according to ISO 9001: 2008 and the transition to ISO 9001: 2015, and the certification was carried out by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance.The ISO 9001: 2015 standard is an internationally recognized standard introduced by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for quality management systems. Successfully implemented quality management system according to ISO 9001: 2015 and operating in accordance with the requirements of this standard is a generally accepted way of working to ensure current and future customers or partners the expected quality of products and services. ISO 9001 certified travel agencies prove their commitment to providing quality services, a system of quality control of products and services and a focus on their continuous improvement.Quality management helps to better understand and monitor customer needs, achieve a greater degree of customer satisfaction and trust, more efficient business, increase productivity and profitability of the company, improve internal communication and achieve continuous growth and development. Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli emphasized the importance of tourist agencies and their employees for the quality and sustainable development of Croatian tourism and expressed the full support of the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Tourist Board for UHPA projects. “Congratulations to all the agencies that have earned this prestigious certificate for their dedicated work and the establishment of a quality management system that makes them more competitive in the tourism market, but also the Association itself. The offer of travel agencies is one of the most important things in the development of tourism, the motivator of the arrivals of our visitors and provides additional value to the entire tourism. Therefore, the Ministry of Tourism will continue to monitor and support the work of the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies and its members who have been working for years on quality and guarantee that guests know what to expect from travel agencies. “The ISO certification project was launched by UHPA in 2012, which resulted in the certification of the first group of members of the Association in 2014, the second group in 2015, and the recertification of forty members in 2017. Today, UHPA is the first professional association in tourism in Croatia to hold the ISO 9001: 2015 certificate and one of the few to enter the certification process with a network of its members and successfully implement a project to implement and certify a quality management system. “Behind us is a great tourist year in which we achieved a record 100 million overnight stays. Travel agencies have certainly made a great contribution to this success. Looking at the turnover achieved this year, I especially want to draw attention to the increase in turnover in the pre-season and post-season. In that period, the majority of traffic is generated through travel agencies. It is nice to see that agencies are an important factor in the tourism sector, and we will certainly remain so with our work, creativity and in the future, regardless of all the challenges and threats that lie ahead.and “, stated Tomislav Fain, President of UHPA.List of agencies that have been awarded the ISO 9001: 2015 certificate Related news:CROATIAN TRAVEL AGENCIES URGENTLY NEED TECHNOLOGICAL PROGRESSHOW CAN TOUR AND ACTIVITY ORGANIZERS COMPETE WITH LARGE ONLINE BOOKING PLATFORMS?