A member organization founded in 1991 to advocate and promote the practice
of safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic.
February 8, 2016 - IAATO is proud to announce that yachtsman Skip Novak has been awarded the prestigious Tilman Medal by The Royal Cruising Club. Congratulations! Skip is a long standing IAATO Member and currently sits on the association's Executive Committee.
February 2, 2016 - IAATO has developed new briefing films for Antarctic visitors to reinforce actions visitors need to take to ensure their visit is safe and environmentally sensitive. They supplement IAATO's existing General Briefing. The films are are available in English with subtitles in nine other languages. There are three films for the different types of IAATO member operations: Going ashore (from ships and yachts); Deep Field and Fly-In; and Cruise Visitors. Read More
January 28, 2016 - IAATO mourns the loss of John Splettstoesser, geologist, naturalist, author and wonderful polar resource who has been a strong figure within IAATO since its formation 25 years ago.
The image shows John (right) and Keith Shackleton, two pivotal figures in the evolution of Antarctic tourism.
January 25, 2016 - It is with great sadness that we report the death of expeditioner Henry Worsley. Our deepest condolences to Henry's family and all involved with the Shackleton Solo Expedition. A statement from Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions (ALE) can be read here.
January 8, 2016 - IAATO is proud to report that its Executive Director, Dr. Kim Crosbie, and Member Mr. Jérôme Poncet of Golden Fleece Expeditions have both been awarded the Queen's Polar Medal. Congratulations! Read More
October 18, 2015 - There is an urgent need to better understand the distribution and ecology of whales at high latitudes. Find out how IAATO operators are contributing here.
October 14, 2015 - Kim and Tudor, from the IAATO Secretariat, are at the AECO Arctic Cruise Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, along with many operators who are members of both associations and thus committed to environmentally responsible travel to the Polar regions.
September 27-29, 2015 - The poles combined forces in Toronto at a unique conference for polar field staff organized by IAATO in collaboration with its sister organization in the Arctic, the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO). This was the first time that a field staff conference focused on the challenges facing staff and member operators working in both Antarctica and the Arctic. Read More
Worried about the health of penguins? IAATO's top tips on avoiding an alien invasion. The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) is offering guidance to all potential visitors on how to avoid accidently introducing alien species and external diseases to the unique Antarctic environment. Read More
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IAATO 2016 Annual Meeting
Mark your calendars for 02-May thru 06-May-2016 for IAATO 2016 in Newport, Rhode Island. IAATO members, please click here for more information. IAATO invited guests, please click here for more information.
Thinking of Flying a Drone in Antarctica?
IAATO is cautioning all potential travellers to Antarctica, who are hoping to fly a drone, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), to check with their travel agent or tour operator before packing their device. IAATO member operators have agreed to ban the recreational use of UAVs for the 2015-2016 season in Antarctica's unique, and often wildlife rich, coastal areas while more information is gathered about their safe and environmentally responsible use in this last great wilderness. Read More
What does IAATO do?
IAATO produces an annual fact sheet detailing highlights over the past year, the latest tourism figures and trends and an overview of IAATO's mission and vision. 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. IAATO commissions and participates in studies investigating the risks related to the inadvertent introduction of foreign species. Read More
Click on a Penguin for Conservation!
Penguin Lifelines, a research project supported by IAATO, is using a platform called Zooniverse to allow volunteers to participate in real science. Interested members of the public can view time lapse imagery from Penguin Lifelines, and other researchers, online and help extract data by clicking on penguins. Read More
Can a Healthy Fishery Exist Without Ecosystem Damage?
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.
Why does Antarctica Matter?
IAATO was invited, with other Antarctic experts, to provide a two-minute video about why Antarctica matters to them as part of the Royal Geographical Society's Young Geographer of the Year competition. Found out why Antarctica matters to them here.