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

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 MoreSeptember 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.

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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