Hurtigruten Group acquires minority stake in Metropolitan Touring

Hurtigruten Group has acquired “a significant” 24.9% stake in Ecuador-based tour operator Metropolitan Touring.

The company currently collaborates with Metropolitan to offer an expedition cruise programme in the Galapagos Islands. The itineraries started in January this year.

Group chief executive Daniel Skjeldam said: “This investment signifies our growth journey and we are delighted to invest in Metropolitan Touring.

“It is a unique opportunity for us to contribute to a more meaningful partnership, where we can expand quickly, strategically and deliver on our vision for the future together.”

Metropolitan Touring chief executive Paulina Burbano de Lara said: “Hurtigruten Group shares our passion for the wonders of South America.

“We are excited by the prospect of this partnership which brings together two companies that have a common long-term vision of our industry’s power to do good in the world.

“As we continue the post-Covid recovery, this announcement will bolster South America’s position as an exciting travel destination on the global stage, bringing its stunning natural and compelling cultural attractions into sharper focus for today’s responsible traveller.”

Hurtigruten Expeditions – part of Hurtigruten Group – is offering year-round expedition cruises, in partnership with Metropolitan Touring on the 90-passenger Santa Cruz II (pictured).