“People at the center of destinations” Interview with Erica and Marica, co-founders of Etical

People at the center of destinations: Interview with Erica and Marica - Co-Founders of Etical

Organized travel tourism has been around forever, but it is increasingly true that with access to online “do-it-yourself” platforms and a plethora of information, users now have the ability to create and organize their own trips from the comfort of their own homes.

Therefore, what makes a person choose an organized trip is that there is something extra that stands out from the crowd. 

It may be the business itself, it may be the mission that resides behind the brand, the people behind it, and so on.

In this regard, today we meet Erica and Marica, sisters and travel designers who together founded Etical, a project of organized tours with a sustainable outlook and especially with a focus on the social aspect of travel.



Hi Erica, can you tell us how the idea for Etical came about?

Of course! Etical was born in February 2020, just a moment before the global pandemic struck us all. On a trip to Myanmar, my sister and I become fascinated by the culture and traditions of a country that is still little known. Indeed, in Burma, even the big cities seem to retain typical Southeast Asian traditions, and taking a trip to this nation takes you back in time. Visiting this country, the main thought that accompanied us was, “what a pity it would be to lose all these traditions!” From there begins our journey to try to figure out how we, in our own small way, can help make sure this does not happen. The answer is Etical.


Wow! Surely starting such a project from scratch must not have been easy. What are the major difficulties and obstacles you have encountered so far?

My first difficulty was shaping everything I had in mind and shared with Marica in our conversations. I decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Destination Management and Experiential Tourism, which helped me design every little piece of this big project in detail.
This was all happening during the first Covid wave, and although I had clearer ideas than what Etical was supposed to be, the tourism world seemed not only stuck, but also that it would never fully recover. 
In addition, among other obstacles was the fear that the costs I would face would be impossible for a person who had just lost his job.
In all, two years had passed and hopes were dwindling, then I decided that alone it would not be possible to carry all that load and that this was slowly leading me to stop. There Marica came into play, who was aware of the whole project and had also contributed to its creation, but had remained on the sidelines until then. With her we decide that the time has come, but the final problem arises: Where do we start? Apical with its Pilot Program was the spark that allowed us to get started, to believe that it was something achievable, the supportexpert of all the kids helped us to have the courage to take risks — and that’s why we will soon be online with a website and lots of exciting products. 


How did you get in touch with Apical and what made you believe that the Pilot Program could help you get out of this initial “block”?

Following the Master’s degree in tourism I decide to start working concretely on Etical, the definition of the idea, Mission, competitors, partners, financial business plan and then…. thirst for curiosity and doubts about feasibility prompted me to google for information to validate my idea, and here comes the meeting with Apical, which unlike the other incubators encapsulates all the core principles of Etical, which wants to represent a way to innovate tourism starting from traditions. Etical to be validated as an idea needs the support of Apical, the one who deals with sustainable tourism and digitization, thus starts our journey within the Pilot Program.


As you know, for the Apical community, the social, environmental or economic impact of travel is a very important aspect and is at the heart of everything we do together. How do you think your project can generate a positive impact on the people and territories you will pass through? 

Etical wants to give space to a different kind of traveler, to make the norm what now seems for a few. To the places we will visit we will bring a different kind of tourism. A traveler who is sensitive to the environment and people, aware of and present in the places he visits. A traveler who, above all, has a desire to discover the real life and traditions of the cultures he or she visits, who wants to open himself or herself to the knowledge of what is different without prejudice. With the Ethical Share, we want to contribute to the well-being of these populations by allowing them to continue doing what they do, without risking losing valuable traditions.

Etical wants to create significant social impact. People at the center of destinations.
In terms of territory, Etical’s various projects include an interest in breathing new life into our home region of Calabria. This destination is also rich in traditions and culture that we risk losing over time. Calabria is unfortunately known only for negative aspects, while the tourism potential of this region is yet to be explored. For this reason we will create packages with special activities designed to explore all that Calabria has to offer.

In our introduction we talked about what distinguishes a project from its “competitors” and makes people choose it. Which do you think is in your case? 

Our trips are not meant to be typical voyages of discovery of countries and destinations but we want to make the traveler an active player in his or her journey. “People at the center of destinations.”: it means to want to connect the traveler with locals, to make sure that after a trip with Etical, travelers come out enriched as human beings and thanks precisely to contact with other human beings, seemingly distant and different from them but the same in essence.


Want to read more interviews from our Creators and learn about successes, challenges, difficulties, dynamics, and collaborations? Or do you want to figure out how to bring your business project to life?

Regolamento e procedure anti Covid19

La partecipazione a TUTTI gli eventi organizzati da Apical prevede l’accettazione, da parte del partecipante, del seguente regolamento disciplinare, in cui sono elencate le Misure di prevenzione e protezione per evitare la diffusione da coronavirus – Covid-19.

Per tale motivo il partecipante agli eventi Apical:

– assicura di rispettare le Misure di contenimento della diffusione del COVID-19 espresse

nell’articolo 1 del decreto-legge n. 33 del 16 maggio 2020, ed è a conoscenza delle sanzioni, in caso di mancato rispetto, espresse nell’art 2 del suddetto decreto;

– è a conoscenza del decreto-legge n. 6 del 23 febbraio 2020, articolo 1, lett. h) e i), che

preclude l’accesso ad ogni attività a chiunque sia Positivo al COVID-19 e a chiunque, negli

ultimi 14 giorni abbia avuto contatti con soggetti risultati positivi al COVID-19 o provenga da zone a rischio secondo le indicazioni dell’OMS;

– in presenza di febbre (oltre 37.5°) o altri sintomi influenzali, ha l’obbligo di rimanere al

proprio domicilio e di chiamare il proprio medico di famiglia e/o l’autorità sanitaria;

– se ha eseguito un tampone, per accertare positività o meno al COVID-19, di cui non ha ancora esito, ha l’obbligo di non prendere parte all’attività;

– accetta di sottoporsi, prima dell’inizio dell’attività, al controllo della temperatura eseguito dalla guida. Qualora risultasse uguale o superiore a 37.5° accetta di non prendere parte all’attività.

Il partecipante deve inoltre rispettare le ulteriori norme disciplinari stabilite da Apical:

– obbligo di indossare mascherina, qualora non fosse possibile rispettare la distanza minima di 1 metro dagli altri partecipanti e avere sempre con sé un gel igienizzante a base alcolica da utilizzare in tutte le occasioni, dove necessario.

– niente abbracci e strette di mano.

– rispetto delle distanza minima di 1 metro tra ogni partecipante.

– divieto di uso promiscuo di bottiglie e bicchieri.

– obbligo di informare immediatamente la Guida in caso di qualsiasi malessere o sintomo
 influenzale dovesse sopravvenire durante l’escursione.

Con l’accettazione del regolamento il partecipante dichiara di essere stato compiutamente informato da Apical in merito alle procedure anti Covid da rispettare ed esonera e manleva formalmente Apical da qualsiasi responsabilità di qualsiasi titolo e/o genere e/o natura e/o efficacia, derivante dalla violazione, da parte del partecipante medesimo, delle prescrizioni contenute nel “regolamento e procedure anti Covid” sopra citato.

Scopri Apical in 60 secondi

Nicola – CEO di Apical

This site is registered on wpml.org as a development site.