MSC Cruises Signs Declaration on Illegal Trade in Wildlife

MSC Cruises has announced that it has signed the Travel and Tourism Declaration on Illegal Trade in Wildlife, also known as the “Buenos Aires Declaration”. The declaration sets out several specific commitments for companies active in the travel and tourism sector to help combat illegal wildlife trade. World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) President and CEO Gloria Guevara and MSC Cruises’ Director of Sustainability Linden Coppell signed the agreement in New York City.

According to both Guevara and Coppell, among these commitments is a pledge to contribute towards ending the illegal carriage or sale of wildlife products, in full accordance with the terms of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wildlife, Fauna and Flora (CITES).

MSC Cruises has also signed the WTTC’s Illegal Wildlife Travel and Tourism Sector Zero Tolerance Policy. Developed in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), this new policy commits the business to translate the principles of the declaration into clear and measurable actions to protect wildlife and help in the prevention of illegal wildlife trafficking.

According to MSC Cruises, the brand is committed to increase awareness among its more than two million annual guests on board its ships about the need to preserve wildlife and aims to promote a responsible approach to tourism. Additionally, the company is working towards encouraging responsible tourism practices at all destinations its cruise ships reach.

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