FROM METROPOLITAN TOURING:
METROPOLITAN TOURING’S GALAPAGOS YACHT LA PINTA RECEIVES
THE SMART VOYAGER CERTIFICATION
The SmartVoyager sustainable tourism certification was created in order to improve environmental, social and safety measures, and to reduce the environmental footprint that a tour operation could cause.
We are happy to announce that Metropolitan’s expedition vessel La Pinta has just completed the audit to obtain its SmartVoyager Certification granted by Conservation and Development, member of America’s Sustainable Certification Network. Rainforest Alliance developed SmartVoyager in collaboration with their Ecuador-based partner group Conservación y Desarrollo (C&D). The program awards its green seal of approval to tour operators in the Galapagos Islands who meet a set of strict conservation standards. This achievement is part of our action plan as per stated in the company’s Environmental Policy.
Our commitment towards achieving sustainable development motivates us to continually search for the best environmental practices available; permanently train our staff on how sustainability works and convey the message to our guests regarding environment and wildlife conservation, natural resources management, and the wellbeing of workers and local communities.
Currently, all of Metropolitan Touring’s expeditions vessels –Yacht La Pinta, MV SANTA CRUZ, Yacht ISABELA II and Yacht SEA FINCH–, as well as Finch Bay Eco Hotel, bear the SmartVoyager Certification, which is a guarantee for our clients and guests of environmentally-oriented operations, community support and the best sustainable practices.