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Montevideo, October 17th 2017 - 16:53 UTC

Tag: International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO)

  • Thursday, October 5th 2017 - 10:15 UTC

    Growing number of Chinese tourists visit Antarctica, but with carbon credits

    Chinese tourists fly to Ushuaia where they will board a cruise for a tour of the Antarctic Peninsula, or combined with the Falklands and South Georgia

    The number of Chinese visitors to the Antarctic Peninsula is growing rapidly, adding to concerns over the fragile ecosystem. It’s almost a three-week trip and will cost at least 100,000 Yuan (US$15,000), and before a foot is set on frozen land, special boots are needed to walk over a sponge mat soaked in disinfectant. Besides this season Chinese tourists will have to purchase carbon credits to offset emissions.

  • Tuesday, September 26th 2017 - 10:19 UTC

    IAATO and Argentina step up collaborative efforts to promote responsible tourism

    IAATO and the Argentine government look forward to further talks about the Ushuaia Antarctic Gateway to promote sustainable tourism growth.

    Improvements to Ushuaia Port services and future collaboration between the Antarctic cruise industry and the Argentine government were discussed last week at a meeting organized by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and the Fuegian Institute of Tourism (In.Fue.Tur).

  • Friday, May 12th 2017 - 07:23 UTC

    IAATO appoints New Executive Director, Dr Damon Stanwell-Smith

    Damon began his career as a marine biologist, gaining a PhD with the British Antarctic Survey, later heading programs at UNEP-WCMC

    The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) has announced the appointment of Dr. Damon Stanwell-Smith as Executive Director. Damon will lead the Secretariat and work with IAATO’s Executive Committee to ensure the association is functioning according to its mission of safe, environmentally responsible private-sector travel to Antarctica.

  • Friday, May 12th 2017 - 06:59 UTC

    IAATO members vote to develop an Antarctic conservation plan

    “This was an important decision that reflects our members’ ongoing commitment to sustainable Antarctic tourism.” said Terry Shaller Chair of IAATO’s ExCo

    Members of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) have agreed to develop a science based conservation plan for the Antarctic Peninsula in collaboration with the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) to support decision making for tourism management.

  • Tuesday, May 2nd 2017 - 11:46 UTC

    IAATO estimates 46.385 visitors to Antarctica during the 2017/18 season

    Overall, levels of visitation, particularly in the cruise sector of the industry, has been increasing steadily since 2011-2012.

    The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) announced its tourism figures for the 2016-2017 Antarctic season at the start of its annual meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland, May 2/7. Members are gathered to discuss safe, environmentally responsible Antarctic tourism, including a multi-dimensional approach to managing for growth that will keep activities both safe and sustainable.

  • Wednesday, December 14th 2016 - 05:35 UTC

    IAATO's 25 years pioneering performance recognized with place-names in Antarctica

    The place-names selected includes a group of islands in the Grandidier Channel named the IAATO Islands

    The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) has been recognized in a recent suite of Antarctic place names made by the United Kingdom.The place-names selected for inclusion in a place-naming theme for the pioneers of safe and environmentally responsible Antarctic tourism, includes a group of islands in the Grandidier Channel named the IAATO Islands, to reflect the organization’s role, over the past 25 years, in advocating and promoting the practice of safe and environmentally-responsible Antarctic tourism.

  • Wednesday, September 7th 2016 - 12:53 UTC

    Dr. Lisa Kelley, top expert in polar operations, named IAATO's Operations Manager

    Lisa has worked in the polar tourism industry for over 15 years, successfully leading expeditions since 2007 for IAATO member operator, Lindblad Expeditions.

    The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) announced the appointment of Lisa Kelley as Operations Manager. IAATO Executive Director Dr. Kim Crosbie said, “Lisa has a strong background in polar operations and has actively contributed to IAATO for many years.

  • Tuesday, May 3rd 2016 - 21:04 UTC

    Antarctica visitors increase 4.6% in 2015/16; IAATO celebrates 25th anniversary

    American and Australian visitors remained the most numerous, accounting for 35.5% and 11% of the total number of visitors.

    The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) announced its tourism figures for the 2015-2016 Antarctic season on the first day of its 25th Anniversary Meeting in its home town of Newport, Rhode Island, USA.

  • Tuesday, February 2nd 2016 - 06:24 UTC

    IAATO animated briefings for Antarctic visitors

    The IAATO animations use beautiful wooden puzzle pieces to reflect Antarctica’s extraordinary natural environment.

    New videos have been developed by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) to brief travelers en route to Antarctica. They reinforce actions visitors need to take to ensure their visit is safe and environmentally sensitive.

  • Wednesday, January 13th 2016 - 04:04 UTC

    IAATO Executive Director and Falklands' resident awarded the Queen's Polar Medal

    Dr. Kim Crosbie career began in 1991 when she joined the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, as a research student.

    Dr Kim Crosbie, IAATO Executive Director, and IAATO Member Jérôme Poncet of Golden Fleece Expeditions who is a resident of the Falkland Islands, have been awarded the Queen’s Polar Medal. The announcement was made last week in The London Gazette.