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IAATO 2015 convention starts today in Rotterdam - Falkland Islands Tourist Board Management in Attendance

Tuesday, April 28th 2015 - 08:05 UTC
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 “The networking opportunities at IAATO conference build relationships” said Mr. Tony Mason “The networking opportunities at IAATO conference build relationships” said Mr. Tony Mason

Tony Mason, Director, International Communications and Stephanie Middleton, Interim CEO of the Falkland Islands Tourist Board are in Rotterdam, Netherlands this week attending the IAATO conference where key issues affecting the region will be discussed.

 IAATO is a membership organisation founded in 1991 to advocate, promote and practice safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic.

Antarctica symbolises the greatest expression of international peace in our world today. Managed for more than half a century through the Antarctic Treaty System's extraordinary global partnership of 50 countries, the entire continent is formally designated a “nature reserve, devoted to peace and science,” putting all territorial claims on hold.

The treaty is supplemented by the protocol on environmental protection that sets standards for all human activities - government and tourism alike - and which aims to ensure that those activities are conducted in a way that limits adverse impacts on the Antarctic's environment.

Tourism is a legitimate activity under the Antarctic Treaty and visitors each year come from all over the world to witness and experience Antartica's tranquil natural splendour and unique wildlife offering.

Mr. Mason said being a member of IAATO and attending the conference each year is very important because it ensures the Falkland Islands are abreast of what is going on in the region, concerns by shipping companies and cruise operators are openly discussed, as well as incidents that affect destinations and operators.

“The networking opportunities at this event build relationships that will ensure communication channels are always open, said Mr. Mason.”

 

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  • Clyde15

    Cue a Paul rant!

    Apr 28th, 2015 - 09:49 am 0
  • Viriato1

    The British priorities :

    - is the EU country with biggest military budget.
    - is the country with more warmongers.
    - is the country with more people living in the past as the present is awful.
    - at present the situation is horrendous: the poverty and the misery life conditions that is suffering the British population is outrageous.

    Make the sum…. And you will find why the UK maintain alive this ridiculous colonial situation.....it is the photography of a pathetic decadent country.... what a shame.
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    And,..... meanwhile:

    UK is placed in the bottom third of the infant mortality league table with a rate of 4.4 deaths per 1,000 live births, approximately double the rate of Sweden or Finland.

    The lowest rates of further education in the developed world, with fewer than 75% of young people studying, compared with more than 80% in all of the other populous developed countries; one of the highest rates of young people not in education, employment, or training (Neets), affecting 10% of 15 to 19-year- olds, and the UK is one of only three OECD countries with teenage pregnancy rates above 30 per 1,000.
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    Your empire your priorities… right?...... :))

    Apr 28th, 2015 - 11:11 am 0
  • paulcedron

    “IAATO is a membership organisation founded in 1991 to advocate, promote and practice safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic”

    but the isleters have managed to kill 5 million penguins in less than 20 years.

    “Antarctica symbolises the greatest expression of international peace in our world today.”

    but the islets are basically a military base.
    and worse, they are increasing the militarisation in an unacceptable way.


    for these, and many other reasons, the islets should be expelled from the iaato right now.

    giving mr mason a good kick in the center of his @ss would be a good way to advocate and promote the environment, the peace of the region and blablabla.

    Apr 28th, 2015 - 12:20 pm 0
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