POLICY OF SUSTAINABLE TOURISM MTA INTERNACIONAL S.A.S.We are a tour agency and operator of logistics committed to the environment and promoting the responsible use of natural resources. We act responsibly towards the health and safety of our personnel in order to ensure we transmit to our visitors to be conscious of the impact we have on our ecosystem. We conduct training not only on environmental topics, but also on the sociocultural and economic impacts in order to reduce the negative impact we can cause with our activities. We stress active participation in the different social activities offered by other organizations in each region.
For the above,MTA INTERNACIONAL S.A.S., commits to:
- Motivate and train our personnel with formative actions and consciousness of the principles of sustainable tourism.
- Promote good environmental practices as a whole, participate in external activities, and inform as much internally as externally of the environmental advances and conduct of the business.
- Make our clients conscious of the conservation and preservation of the environment.
- Perfect the sustainable management, assuming the commitments to continue to better sustainability in all ways: sociocultural, economic and environmental, to the satisfaction of the client.
- Submit projects of future enlargements of installations or activities under the criteria for sustainability and efficiency in the use of resources.
- Complete the requirements established in the Sectorial Technical Standard NTS–TS 003 and 006-1, which includes, among others, the legal requirements which regulate the effects generated by touristic activity, operations, conferences, events and other applicable normativity in existence.
- Assign necessary resources to the operation.
- Develop good practice for the completion of the policy framework.
CODE OF CONDUCT, PREVENTION OF ESCNNA MTA INTERNATIONAL S.A.S.In compliance with Article 1º of the Law 1336 of 2009, “Lenders of touristic services and the establishments which offer non-touristic accommodation should adopt, set in public place, and update when necessary the effective codes of conduct which promote policies to prevent and evade the sexual use and exploitation of children and adolescents in their activities. The non-fulfillment of the above could generate criminal or administrative responsibility.”
MTA INTERNACIONAL S.A.S. , is committed to the prevention of the exploitation and sexual abuse of minorities associated to tourism, for this reason we have developed the following actions for prevention:
1. We abstain from offering in our programs of touristic promotion or touristic plans, expressed or surreptitiously, plans of sexual exploitation of children and adolescents.
2. We abstain from giving information to tourists, directly or through an intermediary about places where the commercial exploitation of children and adolescents is coordinated or practiced.
3. We abstain from directing tourists directly or through an intermediary to establishments or sites where the commercial exploitation of children and adolescents is practiced, as in direct those to places where tourists are accommodated, including locally or in marine waters which are used for the commercial exploitation of children and adolescents.
4. We abstain from facilitating the use of vehicles on touristic routes with the idea to exploit or abuse children and adolescents.
5. Prevent the entrance of children and adolescents into hotels or sites of accommodation, bars, similar businesses and other establishments where touristic services are offered for the purpose of exploitation or sexual abuse.
6. Adopt measures tending to impede the person of any title in the business to offer touristic services which permit sexual activity with children and adolescents.
7. Protect native and foreign children and adolescents in all ways from being exploited or for sexual violence by native or foreign tourists.
8. Report to the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism as well as other competent authorities the acts acknowledged in any way, as in, the suspicion of those related to the exploitation of children and adolescents and ensure that the entity has internal channels in order to report to the competent authorities said acts.
9. Design and disclose to the interior of the business and with our providers of goods and services, a policy in which the lender establishes manners in order to prevent and counteract in any way the sexual exploitation of children and adolescents on trips and for tourism.
10. Train all personnel involved and linked to the business like the providers which by nature have contact with tourists to confront them with the prevention of the exploitation of children and adolescents.
11. Inform our users of the legal consequences in Colombia of the exploitation and the sexual abuse of children and adolescents.
12. Constantly train and sensitize employees, providers, clients, guides and external agencies.
13. Place in a visible and public manner in the commercial establishment(s) the Code of Conduct and other commitments taken on in order to protect children and adolescents.
LEGAL PREREQUISITES RELATED TO SUSTAINABILITY
- Sustainable Management: Resolution 3860 of 2015 of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism.
- Prevention of the Exploitation and Commercial Exploitation of Children and Adolescents: Law 1336 of 2009, Law 1329 of 2009.
- Protection of Flora and Fauna and Prevention of Illegal Trafficking of Species:
LAW 611 OF 2000 “For which standards are dictated for the sustainable handling of wild and aquatic animal species.”
Decree-Law 2811 of 1974 “For which the National Code of of Natural Renewable Resources and the Protection of the Environment is dictated.”
Decree 1608 of 1978 “For which the regulation of the National Code of Renewable Natural Resources and the Protection of the Environment and Law 23 of 1973 with wildlife materials.”
Law 99 of 1993, Art. 1 num. 2: “The biodiversity of the country due to its national heritage and interest in humanity should be protected as a priority and in a sustainable manner.”
- Biological Diversity Agreement. Approved by Law 165 of 1994
- Cultural Heritage: Law 1185 of 2008. Resolutions 330 and 983 of 2010 on intangible and material heritage.
- Resolution 3860 of 2015 which regulates the application of the Sectorial Technical Standards of Sustainable Tourism. Inquire here.
- Positive Practices for the Prevention of ESCNNA on Trips and Tourism Manual. Inquire here.
- Information on the Protection of Cultural Heritage Assets and Prevention of the Illicit Traffic of Cultural Property. Inquire here.
- Brochure ‘Cultural Heritage for Everyone’ from the Ministry of Culture. Inquire here. Inquire here.
JOIN OUR PROGRAMS ON SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT.
MTA Internacional S.A.S., promotes, supports, and leads the following Programs and Campaigns of Sustainable Management, of which we invite you to participate:
Efficient Use of Water
Recommendations for your trips and your home
- Shower instead of using a bathtub or Jacuzzi
- Close the faucet while lathering yourself in the shower, shaving or brushing your teeth.
- Use a glass of water to rinse your mouth.
- Do not use the toilet as a wastebasket.
- If travelling, shut off the water in your home.
- Do not leave the faucet open while you wash your hands or teeth in public or private installations. You will save almost 20 liters of water.
- Notify the responsible individual(s) of public or private installations you visit in case of leaks or faults in order to avoid unnecessary losses of water.
- Select, in whatever way, efficient manners to use water in the city.
- Control the consumption of water in the house according to the water bill and reduce consumption to 100-120 liters a person a day.
- Carefully close the faucets in your house.
- Verify the state of the plumbing—toilets of the house and their proper functioning.
- Fill the dishwasher completely before using it.
- Do not use running water to clear food left on dishes. Remove it first and throw it away.
- Avoid or reduce the consumption of aggressive cleaning products like oven cleaner, carpet and curtain cleaners, chemical toilet cleaners, polishes and concentrated mercaptane compounds.
- Report leaks to the Municipal Company of Water Supply.
- Use the recommended doses of detergent for washing, without exceeding it.
- Replace the inefficient washing machine for another certified for energy and water saving.
Saving and Efficient Use of Energy
At your office and your home
- Lighting could be 30% of the total energy bill.
- Maintain windows, lamps and fluorescents clean and.
- Open the blinds, curtains and windows before turning on the lights and use light colors on walls in order to reduce the need of artificial lighting.
- Avoid chronically forgetting to turn off the lights which are not necessary.
- Periodically revise your refrigerator or refrigeration appliances in order to detect losses of energy or sealing problems. Do not unplug the refrigerator frequently. The startup of this appliance unlike others has a high consumption of energy.
- Disconnect appliances and other electrical devices like televisions, computers, microwaves, stoves, and washing machines which even off consume energy.
- Sleep with televisions, computers and other appliances off. You will rest better and save energy while asleep.
WHAT IS CULTURAL HERITAGE?
We consider Cultural Heritage of the Nation whose goods and manifestations for which people, groups, or institutions with legitimately attributed competences through a reasonable, reflective, transparent and publicly inclusive, confer values and attributions of identity of a nation.
As cultural heritage, which includes Cultural Interest Goods (CIG) of a material or intangible type these latter called manifestations).
Among these personal property of archeological heritage is included, and those previously by Law 1185 of 2008, which have been declared as monuments, areas of historical, archeological or architectural conservation, historic areas of national authorities like the Congress of the Republic or administrative like the municipal council, department assemblies or others of national or territorial interest; and, without a doubt, all those which have received the category CIG continue to be considered as such.
In the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage you may include cultural manifestations which correspond to any of te following fields: Language and oral tradition, Social organization, Traditional knowledge on nature and the universe, Traditional medicine, Traditional production, Techniques and traditions associated to the fabrication of handcrafts, Popular arts, Festive and recreational events, Traditional religious events of a collective character, Knowledge and traditional techniques associated with the habitat, culinary culture and Cultural spaces.
The historical, natural and cultural richness of Colombia is a part of the treasure of the world; cultural and natural goods declared by UNESCO as heritage of humanity and can be discovered, respected and helped to be preserved in your visit to Colombia.
CULTURAL AND NATURAL ASSETS:
- Port, fortresses, and monumental sites of Cartagena - Bolívar.
- Historical downtown of Santa Cruz de Mompox - Bolívar.
- Parque Arqueológico Nacional de Tierradentro - Cauca.
- Cultural coffee región landscapes of Colombia – Caldas, Risaralda, Quindio and Valle del Cauca.
- Santuario de flora y fauna of Malpelo – Valle del Cauca.
- Parque Arqueológico of San Agustín - Huila.
- Parque Nacional Natural de Los Katíos - Choco.
- Qhapaq Ñan, Andino road system.
INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE:
- The Feria of Barranquilla-Atlántico.
- The Cultural Space of Palenque de San Basilio-Bolívar.
- The parades during Holy Week in Popayán-Cauca.
- The Feria of Negros y Blancos – Nariño.
- Regulatory System of the Wayuus applied by the pütchipü'ü (“palabrero”) – Guajira.
- Traditional knowledge of the jaguar shaman of Yuruparí-Vaupés.
- The Party of San Francisco de Asís – Quibdó.
- Music of the genre marimba, traditional songs and dances of the Colombian region of the south Pacific.
INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE WHICH REQUIRES URGENT METHODS TO SAFEGUARD:
- Vallenato, traditional music of the Magdalena.
For more information on our different World Heritage Sites. Click here.