A member organization founded in 1991 to advocate, promote and practice
 safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic.

Latest News

March 10, 2015 - Medals awarded to IAATO Members, One Ocean Expeditions and Skip Novak, Pelagic Expeditions. Read More

March 2, 2015 - Exciting new research, supported by IAATO, reveals where emperor penguins survived the last ice age. 

February 19, 2015 - IAATO tests its protocols in live Search and Rescue Exercise with Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ).  Read More

January 20, 2015 - Penguin Post Office: IAATO are pleased to announce that Penguin Post Office, an AGB Films production made at Port Lockroy for THIRTEEN's 'Nature' and the BBC, will be screened in the U.S. on 28 January at 8pm (ET) on PBS. Port Lockroy Post Office and museum is situated on the Antarctic Peninsula and managed by the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust (UKAHT). The film captures the daily lives of the 2000 gentoo penguins that return to breed each year on the island.  IAATO has long supported the conservation work of the UKAHT and is proud to have assisted with the making of this film. Read More

January 16, 2015 - IAATO member vessels recently assisted the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) by confirming the position of a Light Beacon at Cape Renard on the Antarctic Peninsula.  The UKHO requested help from IAATO in order to update their navigational charts of the area.  Read More

January 14, 2015 - Union Glacier, Antarctica
Earlier today, various international media outlets began reporting a loss of communication with members of the Russian parliament who are currently in Antarctica.  However, these reports are inaccurate and all climbers are safe and well. Read More

IAATO welcomes Tudor Morgan as their new full time Environmental Manager:  Tudor's overall role is to support safe and environmentally responsible tourism to Antarctica, with a particular focus on field operations.  He brings with him a wealth of polar experience, with varying perspectives on the tourism industry.  His diverse background will be a huge asset to IAATO.  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

Enhancing navigation in polar waters: IAATO and The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), in cooperation with Lindblad Expeditions, have found a way for cruise operators to share years of depth soundings collected by ships in Antarctica and the Arctic.  Read More


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