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

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


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 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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