Explora Journeys, Travelife Partner for Sustainability

Explora Journeys, the luxury cruise brand of the MSC Group, has partnered with Travelife for Tour Operators, an international training, management and certification program for sustainable tourism.

Through the collaboration, Explora Journeys aims to create awareness among its partners with regards to effective sustainability planning, maximizing social and economic benefits for the local communities its ships will visit, besides reducing environmental impact. The partnership offers Explora Journeys’ tour operators and partner travel advisors free access to the Travelife online platform to offer a range of benefits toward sustainable tourism. Additional face-to-face trainings are provided in European destinations in the frame of the E.U.-supported SUSTOUR project.

These include a comprehensive learning platform with 16 on-demand sustainability modules, which include final exams and certification upon completion of each module; activity-specific excursion checklists that meet internationally recognized sustainability standards; practical reporting and action planning tools for the effective implementation of sustainability practices; and best practice examples from the travel and tourism industry.

In September 2021, the Cruise Division of MSC Group reaffirmed its commitment to sustainability by pledging to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions in its cruise marine operations by 2050. The target covers both Explora Journeys and MSC Cruises and goes beyond ambitions laid out by the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization to achieve a 50 percent reduction in emissions from shipping by 2050 when compared to 2008.

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