A member organization founded in 1991 to advocate, promote and practice
safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic.
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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Members Register Now for IAATO 26 in Rotterdam
April 28 - May 1, 2015
Annual Meeting - Preliminary agendas, hotel information, attendee list and all papers for recent meetings and the next annual meeting are posted here.
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April 28 - May 1, 2015
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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. Opportunities may be limited until more is known about their safe and environmentally responsible use in this last great wilderness – particularly in the wildlife rich coastal regions of Antarctica. 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?
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
Analysis Reveal Chinstrap Penguins in Decline at 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 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
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.