Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCL) gave itself four years – by the end of 2020 – to see 1,000 of its destination tours come from operators certified as environmentally, socially and culturally sustainable practitioners.

“RCL is using its purchasing power to drive responsible practice in the industry and that’s why this is so impactful. Tour operators who want to supply tours to Royal Caribbean are going to need to meet this leading standard that Royal Caribbean has prioritized. And Royal Caribbean is devising ways to ensure small operators have access to this program.” Explains Kathleen Pessolano, GSTC destinations program director.

Read RCL Wants Tour Operators with a Sustainable ‘Seal of Approval’ on RCL’s website