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Antarctica tour operators hold four-day annual meeting in Punta Arenas

Monday, April 22nd 2013 - 08:54 UTC
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Punta Arenas in the extreme south of Chile will be hosting until next Thursday the four-day annual meeting of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators, IAATO which has a confirmed attendance of over a hundred representatives from the industry. Read full article

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  • Anglotino

    No brown shirts or burning flags or protesters. Probably a good place to host it considering Chile is the country closest to Antartica and business is booming.

    Apr 22nd, 2013 - 09:31 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    Yep, and Islands Reprentatives are there also.

    Apr 22nd, 2013 - 12:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JohnN

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    Apr 22nd, 2013 - 02:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brazilian

    Does anyone really care?

    Apr 22nd, 2013 - 04:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @3 And what is the relevance of South Georgia to Punta Arenas please?
    @4 Well, you read the article!

    Apr 22nd, 2013 - 05:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JohnN

    Building a regional tourism strength that might focus on Antarctica really includes Falklands, Chile, Argentina - and South Georgia.

    Indeed, South Georgia has built a highly-regarded niche of Antarctica cruise ship tourism. For example, ”A bit further afield, but no less dramatic, longer cruises might include South Georgia (which we loved)“: http://www.cruisecritic.com/articles.cfm?ID=1327

    ”January was the busiest month for South Georgia tourist season”:
    http://www.cruisecritic.com/articles.cfm?ID=1327

    Wikitravel South Georgia:
    http://www.cruisecritic.com/articles.cfm?ID=1327

    Apr 22nd, 2013 - 06:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Frank

    @5 both South Georgia and Punta Arenas are involved in Antarctic tourism....

    @4 the many operators that are involved in the trade and the many thousands of tourists who visit or wish to visit Antarctica maybe.

    If islanders were there how come the RGs didn't walk out? Mind you the RGs only Antarctic expedition ship was last seen hulked in Mar del Plata......... so maybe no RGs were invited....

    Funny how Brasil bases its two Antarctic research ships in Punta Arenas rather than Ushuaia... maybe they reckon Ushuaia is a hopeless shitholean place.

    Apr 22nd, 2013 - 06:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    Ushuaia is not an attractive town and I wonder why there is not more effort put into making it more pleasing. It is surrounded by the most stunning scenery so maybe everyone looks out, not in.

    Apr 22nd, 2013 - 07:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Frank

    everyone looks out... at Isla Navarino and Isla Hoste... in Chile...

    Apr 22nd, 2013 - 08:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @9 Indeed.

    Apr 22nd, 2013 - 08:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CaptainSilver

    South Georgia is a gem,wonderful, please protect it from the Rgs. Travelling from Ushuaia to Port Stanley then SG , what a contrast. From a grey dismal dump to a quiet and peaceful English village (with corrugated iron) to surely the most majestic island in the world.

    Apr 22nd, 2013 - 09:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • John Troll the 3rd

    Who the fark goes to Tierra del Fuego to see a city? That is the most dope statement of the week. Everyone goes to Tierra del Fuego to ski, trek, or snowmobile through the forest and lakes, Ushuaia and Rio Grande are just backwater towns.

    Can someone please tell me who the hell says ”I'm going to Fairbanks Alaska or Juneau to hit the town? No, everyone goes to Alaska for anything but the cities.

    Try again British haters.

    And oh by the way, who the hell goes to see Liverpool, Birmingham, or Manchester? No one. Difference is there is no nature there to see either!

    Apr 23rd, 2013 - 02:58 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anglotino

    The gospel according to someone who has never travelled anywhere.

    Some people can't help but show how pathetic they are.

    Apr 23rd, 2013 - 04:35 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    @12 Pope john Sussie/toby III

    “Can someone please tell me who the hell says ”I'm going to Fairbanks Alaska or Juneau to hit the town? No, everyone goes to Alaska for anything but the cities. ”

    Actually, Juneau is a nice town and many people enjoy living there because it is so close to natural wonders.
    Many people in the outlying areas enjoy coming to town.

    I liked Juneau when I was there.
    You wouldn't know what it is like or what to compare it to since you have never ventured past the Havanna Internet Café at the end of your street.

    Won't you be in for a surprise when your parents take you on your first visit to B.A. !
    Better stay close and hold onto someone's hand.

    :-)

    Apr 23rd, 2013 - 06:27 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    #12
    Cultured people, unlike you .

    Apr 23rd, 2013 - 10:20 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • John Troll the 3rd

    You people are so inferior in intelligence, I just wrap you in my fingers. Three year olds with bags of candy they can't possibly hold in their hand pose more of a challenge.

    I repeat, no one goes to Alaska for urban sightseeing, period end of story.

    They are utter dumps, Alaskan cities are some of the most drug and abuse infested places on Earth, Meth factories in the open, and full of drunks.

    And no Clyde, I have NEVER heard anyone say “I'm going on vacation to Manchester/Liverpool” NO ONE EVER, locally or on the internet. And I've read Lonely Planet.

    London sure, and then people are disappointed because of all the dirt, rude people, and ghetto-ization.

    Apr 23rd, 2013 - 01:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    @12,pope Sussie teen

    “Who the fark goes to Tierra del Fuego to see a city? That is the most dope statement of the week”

    Pope Toby or Sussie - ( two troll pope Johns, here on MP)

    You ignoramus!!! LOL!!
    You're not the cool hipster you try to portray yourself as,
    Urban Dictionary definition for 'DOPE':
    “A word that describes something that is extremely cool, such as music, clothes, people, etc.”

    It seems that your knowledge of the world is on a par with your knowledge of hip urban slang!

    Of course people travel to Alaska for the natural splendour and resources. Who would think otherwise?
    However, that does not mean the towns are “dumps”.
    I know, I've been there - you haven't.

    If your isolated coastal towns ARE dumps, compared to others, that's your problem, and you cannot use them to generalise about others.

    No matter, Punta Arenas sounds nice, and I like the pictures I've seen of it!!

    Apr 23rd, 2013 - 02:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    #16
    Yes Troll, you read but never do -that sums you up.

    Now, about the question of Immigrants from Europe to Argentina. You continually state that you HATE
    EUROPEANS. So do you still hate them when they arrive and when they obtain Argentinian citizenship.
    My fourth attempt to elucidate an answer !
    Does this

    Apr 23rd, 2013 - 04:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anglotino

    Clyde15
    Nostrils is first generation Argentinean and still coming to terms with his parent's idiotic decision to emigrate to Argentina. He's effectively trapped by the poverty of being middle class in Argentina. Hence the reason he waxes lyrical about his cosmopolitanarianism of having seen the world after visiting a couple of Argentine villages with emigrants.

    Nostrils
    I'm glad you used the 3 year old analogy because that is your problem. You think you have a superior intellect and scathingly ability to argue when you don't. You aren't a 3 year old with a bag of lollies, you're the 8 year old that has burnt down the back shed and when asked if you did it; you drop the matches and turn your soot encrusted face to an adult and think you can pull the wool over the eyes of someone with much greater life experience and built in bullshit detector.

    Everything about you screams juvenile and inexperience. You think a country can act like a petulant child and take their bat and ball and go sulk in a corner because that is what YOU do.

    You think people only travel to see sights because that is what YOU do as a TOURIST in your own country. Your lack of experience blinds you to what a TRAVELLER does.

    You think because you read a Lonely Planet book (head office only 3kms from my house btw) that you can experience Liverpool or Manchester? How pathetic for becoming what you accuse others of. A book doesn't tell you what it is like to get lost and walk along an old tow path of an unused canal. Or sit in a nook and listen to a pub full of worker's after their shift has ended. Or walk past the hoardings around an IRA bomb blast.

    These are things I've done in Manchester and you think you've experienced the same thing because you read a book?

    Let me give your pathetically inexperienced body a hint, sex is way better with someone else no matter what a book makes you do to yourself.

    You make yourself look so foolish and don't realise it.

    Apr 23rd, 2013 - 10:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    Anglotino

    Such passion!!!

    You wax lyrical - you must mean what you say!!

    Well said, Sir.

    Apr 24th, 2013 - 01:09 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brazilian

    # 5 - Actually I didn't read the article, just wanted to comment that it's not something significant. The city I live in, Curitiba, which is not a tourist destination at all, recieves more tourists each year than all of Antartica.

    Apr 24th, 2013 - 02:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anglotino

    Haha Brazilian, those poor Antarcticans pipped at the post by Curitiba.

    I guess that with Australia receiving more international tourists per year than Brazil; that Brazil is therefore insignificant?

    And we do it without land borders.

    Hardly! A comparison as silly as yours.

    Take the article for what it is contrarian.

    Apr 24th, 2013 - 10:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brazilian

    # 22 - Over 5 million people a year and growing quickly, is that insignificant? Australia recieves a little bit more tourism than Brazil does, and obviously it fall behind this year, with the Confederations Cup and that stupid catholic youth meetup in Rio, and further next year with the world cup. How many people a year visit Antartica to freeze their asses off? Anyways, I could care less about those pedophile European and US tourists visiting Brazil. The Chinese are welcome though, they actually have money to spend.

    Apr 25th, 2013 - 01:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    @23brazilian

    “ Anyways, I could care less about those pedophile European and US tourists visiting Brazil. The Chinese are welcome though, they actually have money to spend.”

    You want more money for your children, is that it???

    Apr 25th, 2013 - 06:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anglotino

    Just using your logic Brazilian! The person you are irate with is obviously yourself for using such a dumbass example earlier after not even reading the article.

    Apr 25th, 2013 - 09:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brazilian

    # 24 - The Chinese aren't obssessed with screwing little kids like you pedophile Europeans.

    # 25 - You talk, talk, talk and don't say anything.

    Apr 26th, 2013 - 12:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    @23,26brazimlian

    “ Anyways, I could care less about those pedophile European and US tourists visiting Brazil. The Chinese are welcome though, they actually have money to spend.”

    “ The Chinese aren't obssessed with screwing little kids like you pedophile Europeans.”

    How do you know so much about who you sell your children to for sex? Are you one of those vile creeps in the business??

    Tell me what is worse, the people who buy children for sex or those profiting from it by selling the children??

    If Brazil is a child sex destination for pedophiles where they expect a ready supply, it must be a well developed industry.

    Is that why your tourist visits so high in Curitiba?
    You don't look so good.

    Apr 26th, 2013 - 03:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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