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

Latest News

September 23, 2015 - The poles are combining forces in Toronto from 27-29 September 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 is the first time that a field staff conference has focused on the challenges facing staff and member operators working in both Antarctica and the Arctic. Read More

September 2015 - Why does Antarctica matter? Several experts, including IAATO, give their view as part of this year's Royal Geographical Society, Young Geographer of the Year competition. Watch the videos here.

August 2015 - IAATO's Field Staff Assessment is now live. The assessment is updated annually to ensure Antarctic field staff are aware of any changes to procedures, guidelines etc that are in place to practice the highest safety and environmental standards possible. 

June 30, 2015 - IAATO's Ship Scheduler opened for the 2015-2016 season. The Ship Scheduler enables IAATO's Member operators to book visits at sites in Antarctica, ensuring that any limits on the number of visits or visitors is not exceeded and wilderness protection is maintained.

June 13 - 15 2015 - IAATO hosted an interactive workshop, facilitated by Lloyds Register, on how to tackle implementing the forthcoming IMO Polar Code. The workshop was held at the Royal Geographical Society, London (photo below). Read More

May 31 - June 11 2015 - IAATO was at the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting, Sofia, Bulgaria

May 7, 2015 - IAATO members ban the use of UAVs in Antarctica's coastal areas for the 2015-2016 season. Read More

April 28, 2015 - IAATO releases latest tourism figures as its 26th Annual Meeting opens in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

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 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

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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