A member organization founded in 1991 to advocate and promote the practice
of safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic.
May 19 & 20, 2016 - IAATO is in Punta Arenas, Chile, at a special 2-day workshop with representatives from two great Antarctic committees, the Committee for Environmental Protection (CEP) and Scientific Committee for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (SC-CAMLR). Goals include identifying what effects of climate change are most likely to impact the conservation of the Antarctic.
May 11, 2016 - The outcomes of our 25th Anniversary meeting were published today. Changes in membership structure, new and revised guidelines, a new initiative for Antarctic Ambassadors and a tourism growth workshop were all highlights. Read More
May 3, 2016 - IAATO releases the latest Antarctic tourism figures as its 25th Anniversary Meeting opens in Newport, Rhode Island, USA. Read More
April 22, 2016 - IAATO's Jérôme Poncet and Dr. Kim Crosbie receive their Polar Medals from Prince William at Buckingham Palace!
The Queen's Polar Medal is awarded to those who have made outstanding contributions to our knowledge of the polar regions. Kim's medal was for her work in the field of polar visitor management and Jérôme's for his efforts as yacht master in support of science and education. This is tremendous recognition for their work, and also highlights the huge success of the IAATO community over the last 25 years.
April 6 & 7, 2016 - IAATO attends an Arctic Search and Rescue Workshop and Table Top Exercise in Iceland.
February 18, 2016 - A new study by IAATO and Stony Brook University reveal patterns in Antarctic tourism that have important implications for visitor management in the region. The results were published this week in the journal Antarctic Science. Read More.
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.
Denise Landau has written a personal tribute that also reflects the feelings of the IAATO community. More about John's life can be found on The American Polar Society website. 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
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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2016 is IAATO's 25th Year
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IAATO 2016 - 25th Anniversary Annual Meeting
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 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. This policy will be reviewed annually. 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.