Eimskip signed a declaration on responsible tourism in cooperation with Festa, the Center for Corporate Social Responsibility and the Iceland Tourism Cluster. Responsible tourism is an incentive project where companies connected with tourism agree on a limited number of clear and simple measures of responsible tourism, but over 250 companies in Iceland signed the declaration. The purpose of the project is to maintain Iceland’s status as an optimal future destination for tourists by supporting sustainability for the nation’s future generations. The President of Iceland, Gudni Th. Jóhannesson, is patron of the project.
Eimskip operates the ferries Herjólfur and Baldur, as well as operating the cruise vessel Særún, sailing at Breidafjördur on Iceland’s west coast. In addition, Eimskip offers port agency services to most of the cruise vessels sailing to Iceland through the company’s subsidiaries. Eimskip’s role in the travel industry is therefore constantly growing. In addition to participating in the project, Eimskip is also one of the main sponsors.
Gylfi Sigfússon, President and CEO of Eimskip: “It is very important for us at Eimskip to be a responsible and leading company in the travel industry and that is why we welcome this initiative by Festa and the Iceland Tourism Cluster. Our goals tie perfectly in with the objectives of the project, which are to demonstrate exemplary behavior and respect for nature, ensure the safety of our guests and treat them courteously, respect the rights of our employees and have a positive impact on the local community.“