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For over 25 years EIG Inc. (dba Escalante Inc.) has taken advantage of its expertise in languages and understanding of international markets and cultures to create a unique brand which has been carefully honed to satisfy two diverse types of clients: International Tour and Travel trade, and domestic US corporations doing business internationally.

Escalante Inc. provides unique and personalized destination services to the international tour and travel trade. By carefully tailoring product to meet the ever-changing demands of its diverse international customer base, it created for itself a unique niche in the tour and travel market: personalized concierge-style on-site customer assistance, tour guides and escorts, tailor-made touring programs for VIP and distinguished visitors. By exploiting its in-depth knowledge of US regions, and applying a fearless attitude to seeking out new and exciting product, Escalante pride's itself in a white-glove service that exemplifies its primary mission of treating each client as if they were their only customer.

Understanding international business is a key component to Escalante Inc.'s success in its language service offerings. With over 2000 international translators and interpreters, each specifically chosen for their individual field of expertise, US corporate clients are assured their product is well represented through the knowledge and expertise of each subject-specific translator team. Escalante's translators and interpreters provide language services for the insurance, financial, scientific/technical, human resource, and gaming communities throughout the US corporate environment.

Desiree Stokes Blum - CEO and Owner of EIG Inc. (dba Escalante Inc.) By integrating her in-depth cultural, foreign language and international working experience, Desiree Stokes Blum has been a pioneer in the development of many innovative b2b programs, and products, that are now recognized as mainstream to the US international inbound travel industry.

Blum shared her extensive background through her responsibilities as the International Inbound Travel Association's (IITA) Government Affairs Chair from 2009-2015. As such, she was responsible for spearheading the Association's dialogue with Capitol Hill, representing a $226 Billion dollar industry. As the owner of one of the few privately run businesses left within the inbound industry, Blum shared her knowledge with Congressional Members, and their Staff, when key legislation required her expertise. Subjects spanned a range of issues from promotion of US tourism, to immigration, US security, Federal lands use and international commerce. Desiree continues her work with the Association's Goverment Affairs Committee in an advisory role.

In early 2012, Desiree received the prestigious Stanley Award, given annually by IITA, to the industry leader who..."promotes excellence and professionalism in the international inbound tourism market". 

Desiree Blum is a US Citizen, speaks four languages, has spent over 20 years living and working outside the United States, her last position was with Honeywell Aerospace and Defense at their European Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, before taking ownership of Escalante in 1995. She is a regular guest lecturer to Universities, Conferences and Conventions and Trade Organizations on tourism and tourism related subjects.

 

Stephen Blum - Co-owner Stephen Blum, UK-qualified Chartered Accountant (F.C.A.) passed away August 2014. Because of his extensive business experience, Stephen Blum was instrumental in developing Escalante into the prominent position it now holds within the international US inbound tourism arena. He shared this expertise as a regular guest lecturer to Universities, Conferences and Conventions on tourism and trade organizations. Stephen Blum spoke four languages and spent over 20 years living, and working, in various European countries.