A member organization founded in 1991 to advocate, promote and practice
safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic.
The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Amanda Lynnes to the part-time position of Operations and Communications Assistant. Amanda is responsible for communicating IAATO's key messages and will assist in the development of the environmental and operational components of the Association. Read More
IAATO attended the 36th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting in Brussels, Belgium in May, reporting on tourism statistics and estimates of numbers for the 2013-14 season. The Association focused on the collaborative work undertaken with Treaty Parties and other Observers and Experts in a variety of fields. June 5. Read More
IAATO and the Chilean Marine Rescue Coordination Centre today provided details on a joint Search and Rescue Workshop conducted April 25 in Punta Arenas. The 75 workshop participants included passenger ship captains, government rescue officials from Chile, Argentina and the US, tour operators, logistics managers, expedition leaders, IAATO staff and others. May 16. Read More
A new five-year Strategic Plan, an expanded Membership and committee structure, and a new yacht dockside observer program were among the items adopted at the 24th Annual Meeting of IAATO, held April 22-24 in Punta Arenas, Chile. Tourism statistics for 2012-13 and estimates for 2013-14 were also announced. May 8. Read More
IAATO today announced a restructuring of its Secretariat, reestablishing the post of Executive Director, with Dr. Kim Crosbie named to the position. February 13. Read More
The Impact of Climate Change on the Antarctic Environment: IAATO introduces a new PowerPoint presentation for use on Antarctica-bound passenger ships and by its "Antarctic Ambassadors". October 30. Read More
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Promoting the Legacy of Antarctic Science
Rachel Morgan, Director of the United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust, writes on the collaborative effort between UKAHT and IAATO to conserve historic scientific huts on the Antarctic Peninsula. Read More
New Census, Analysis Reveal Chinstrap Penguins in Decline at Baily Head, Deception Island
In a paper published in Polar Biology in late August 2012, researchers from the Antarctic Site Inventory confirmed significant declines in the breeding population of chinstrap penguins in the vastly warming Antarctic Peninsula. The Baily Head decline is consistent with other areas, including sites that receive little or no tourism. Read More
Challenges to the Future Conservation of the Antarctic
Changing environments and resource demands present serious challenges to the future conservation of Antarctic, according to a policy forum piece in the July 2012 issue of Science magazine. The goal of the work is to assist decision-makers in identifying and developing effective policies that can address these challenges. Read More
IAATO Supports Findings of New Study on Antarctic Invasive Species
IAATO was pleased to participate in a detailed study outlining the risks related to the inadvertent introduction of foreign plants into the Antarctic environment. Authored by an international team of scientists led by Prof. Steven Chown, the study appeared in the March 2012 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS). Read More
Get the Facts: Non-Native Species in Antarctica
Non-native species are those species that do not naturally occur in an area and have been introduced either intentionally or unintentionally. A wide range of non-native species now occur in Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands. Read more
Climate Change in Antarctica: Understanding the Facts
Recognizing that climate change is a significant threat to the Antarctic environment, IAATO and its members continue to raise awareness, motivate behavioral change and inspire their passengers on this issue. Read more, and download the multi-language pamphlet based on the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment report.