Sustainability

AT MEET AND GREET

From our founder to our office staff,
 sustainability is a priority for all of us here 
 at Meet and Greet. 

“We aim to become leaders in sustainable tourism in Italy by offering tours that respect and protect the culture, traditions, economy and environment of our beautiful country.

For us, sustainability means bring environmental and social respect together with growth and economic development, with attention to innovation, the help of technology and a lot of common sense.”

Edmondo Boscoscuro

PATH FOR A SUSTAINABLE TOURISM IN ITALY

We believe that sustainability will be a necessary choice in the next years, but it will take longer to be properly implemented. We think that today is the day to start this journey, working closely with our clients and suppliers, step by step.

 

We studied how to apply sustainability to our business model and to our market area and we decided to go down this road by setting these three goals: (1) Be a sustainable and ethical company, (2) Support the fight against the climate change, (3) Be promoters of change in the tourism industry

OUR COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY

IN 2023 WE HAVE

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COMPENSATED ALL THE CO2 EMITTED BY OUR 2022 TOURS

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ACCOMPLISHED

COMPENSATED ALL THE CO2 EMITTED BY OUR 2022 TOURS

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We have done it collaborated with Rete Clima to offset emissions of our 2022 tours by supporting two projects in India and Brazil.

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CARBON OFFSET project

VCS1230
Jalgaon, Maharashtra

The carbon offset project VCS 1230 - Solar Photovoltaic Power Project at Jalgaon, Maharashtra, in India aims to generate clean electricity through the exploitation of solar energy. The project aims to reduce the dependence on fossil fuels, helping to avoid significant amounts of emissions of air pollutants with public health impacts such as SOx, NOx and suspended particulate matter (SPM).

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CARBON OFFSET project

VCS 1382
Amazonia, Brazil

The VCS 1382 - The Envira Amazonia Project in Brazil, which focuses on an area of 39,000 hectares of tropical forest, generates an average reduction of 1,259,646 tons of CO2 emissions per year over a period of 30 years from 2012 to 2042. The project helps to protect the critical habitat for endangered wildlife and in particular protects the presence of at least four endemic plants of the IUCN Red List of threatened species: acreana, odorata, longistipulata and macrophylla.

Both carbon offset projects supported by Meet and Greet participate in the VCS Program (Verified Carbon Standard) - Verra:

WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT ITALY

We have not only compensated the CO2 of our 2022 tours but we have planted new Trees in Italy to make our loved coutry more beautiful.

During the spring of 2023, in partnership with ReteClima, we've been involved in two important forestation activities.

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RIFORESTATION project

Vesuvius National Park (NA)

During the first reforestation that took place in March 2023 at Vesuvius National Park (NA), we planted 75 trees and shrubs. The species that were planted belong to the typical Mediterranean maquis, which usually presents itself with a high floristic biodiversity: the tree layer consists mainly of Holm Oak (Quercus ilex), associated with other deciduous plants (Downy Oak, Terebinthus, Judas Tree, Dogwood), while there are numerous shrub species (Phillyrea, Myrtle, Arbutus, Laurel, Viburnum, Alaternus, Lentisk, Cistus, several Brooms).

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FORESTATION project

Regional Urban Park of Aguzzano (RM)

In April 2023 we chose to collaborate with Rete Clima supporting a new forestry activity that includes the planting of 75 trees at the Regional Urban Park of Aguzzano, in the north-east of Rome. The plants - among trees and shrubs - that have been planted, will generate benefits for the environment, for the climate but also for citizens, thus restoring value to the community that increasingly needs renaturalization activities.

The forestation activities carried out by Meet and Greet Srl are part of Foresta Italia, the Climate Network's National Forestation Campaign that launched in spring 2022.

OUR ACTIONS TO SUSTAINABILITY

  • SUSTAINABILITY POLICY

    Our Sustainability Policy sets out how we aim to achieve this and outlines our responsibilities to our cultural heritage, our environment and our people and communities.

  • A GREEN OFFICE

    We operate an environmentally friendly office by: Minimizing energy and water consumption; Using eco-friendly cleaning products; Taking steps to cut waste; Encouraging employees to use public transport as much as possible; Following our own Company code of Conduct, that sets the criteria for a green office.

  • WE GIVE BACK

    We do our best to give as many people as possible the opportunity to travel. This is why we organize tours for families and children in need, trying to make our part in conveying our love for tourism and traveling. MAKE A WISH

  • CARING FOR OUR STAFF

    Our team members are important to us and we continue to review our processes and procedures to ensure they are treated well, are happy in their work, have the support and training they need and are fairly rewarded for their labor. We are a family friendly business and to facilitate childcare and ensure a healthy work/life balance we allow our employees to work flexibly from home when needed.

We encourage exploration!
We deeply care about Italy and we want you to come and love it as much as we do!

  • THE REAL ITALY

    We offer authentically Italian travel experiences. We’ve created LITTLE BIG ITALY – a program of tours built around our rich historical, cultural and natural treasures. Little Big Italy will take you away from the crowds and off the beaten track to discover the real Italy.

  • FIGHT OVER TOURISM

    By encouraging travelers away from overcrowded tourist areas, we help spread the economic benefits of your visit more widely, as well as being a fantastic experience in its own right. ITALIAN CULINARY TRADITIONS Our itineraries always include gastronomy based on local cuisine made with fresh locally sourced produce, supporting local farmers and keeping century-old culinary traditions alive.

  • LOCAL GUIDES

    Our professional guides, assistants and tour leaders are fully licensed and selected for their expert knowledge of Italian culture and history.

  • PROTECT ARTISTIC HERITAGE

    We donate to FAI (Fondo Ambientale Italiano), whose purpose is to protect elements of Italy’s physical heritage which might otherwise be lost. Especially, we have “adopted” the Abbey of San Fruttuoso near Portofino to protect its beauty and uniqueness for future generations.

TRAVEL WITH US MEANS TRAVEL GREEN:

  • 100% CARBON NEUTRAL HOLIDAYS

    Where tour activities do generate carbon, we offset this through our partnership with TREES FOR ITALY. This organization supports international environmental projects oriented to carbon offset (according to Gold Standard, Verra standard or CDM standard) and plants native tree species across Italy. They not only absorb CO2 and generate cooling shade, but also create habitats and boost biodiversity, supporting native Italian wildlife.

  • TRAIN TRAVEL

    We always seek to keep CO2 emissions to a minimum when creating our travel experiences (basing our tours around train travel and using other forms of public transport whenever possible).

  • TRAVEL LIKE A LOCAL

    We encourage our guests to travel like locals, by using public transport wherever possible, for immersion in Italian daily life and a more sustainable travel style.

  • ZERO PAPER

    We do not print or ask travelers to print any voucher, itinerary or any other travel documentation.

WE AIM TO BE PROMOTERS OF SUSTAINABILY IN THE TOURISM INDUSTRY

THAT’S WHY WE SHARE OUR GUIDES WITH OUR CLIENTS:

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Do you want to be part of the change or do you want to know more about our sustainability path?

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