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M20514 organizes Birdwatching, Butterfly, Dragonfly, General Nature and any type of ground-trips that are closely related to nature.
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
The idea of founding M20514 was born actually in the US during a 6-week-long huge circular journey visiting most of the best National Parks in 1997. Since the regulations are very strict in Hungary despite having 2 MS degree. I had to get a Tourism Manager degree as well and then I could set up the company in 1999.
2. What is your company's mission?
Our company was formed with the intention of popularizing Hungary and Eastern Europe as a perfect ecotourism destination both for amateur
naturalists and for those with a more academic interest in plant and animal species, habitats and geology. Our ecotourism aims at providing superb natural holidays for birders, butterfly enthusiasts, and people with a general interest in nature-study, in a way that respects the natural environment and contributes to its protection. During our holidays we aim at building the best possible relations with the locals, trying to interest them in protecting their own environment, and to bring them benefits by using the services they provide.
3. What does your company specialize in?
M20514 organizes Birdwatching, Butterfly, Dragonfly, General Nature and any type of ground-trips that are closely related to nature, such as canoeing, hiking, walking, cycling tours in Central and Eastern Europe.
We also operate an office in the Yucatan, Mexico, specialized in Latin American Birding, Butterfly, Nature and Culture tours mainly in Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Cuba, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, Salvador, Ecuador-Galapagos and Peru.
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
The key figure who started our company, M20514 was Gabor Orban. He participated in his first Birding Camp during the seventies and became engaged in birding instantly. Later he broadened his interest in zoology, botany and geology as well. During the eighties and nineties he lead several tours in Hungary, Great Britain and Europe (Denmark, Sweden, Spain, etc.) while he was a biology and geography teacher. He qualified in zoology in 1994.
He has worked and traveled in the US visiting more then 20 national parks. Returning to Hungary he started to organize Natours Hungary Travel Agency Ltd. which was transformed later into Ecotours Hungary Travel Agency Ltd. in 1999. He became an official professional tour guide during 1997. Since then he lead hundreds of different types of tours at several continents, but mainly specialized in Eastern Europe and Latin America.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
One is the week-long Kiskunsag-Bukk birding and nature tour in Hungary which comprises the best of local natural values (birds, butterflies, wildflowers) at completely different habitats and species with a fine hint of cultural sights. The other one is our Mayan Birding and Culture Adventure which takes you to the most famous and some hidden living and Pre-Hispanic Mayan sites which are also perfect birding areas with many attractive local endemics and other specialties. Superb Nature and Culture tour!
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
This is just a quick e-mail to say many, many thanks for my fantastic trip to Hungary. So many dragonflies, butterflies, moths and birds - I enjoyed them all. There were too many highlights to mention, although the Imperial Eagle, Poplar Admiral and the Tisza boat trip come to mind. I felt that your friendliness and hospitality were also special so, thank you.