A member organization founded in 1991 to advocate, promote and practice
safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic.
IAATO welcomes the decision by the Criminal Court of Paris to sentence a French national for violating the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty. The man had organized tourist trips to the Antarctic without prior authorization by the Prefect of the French Southern and Antarctic Territories (TAAF). This is the first time that such an offense has been recognized in court, creating a national and international precedent for the continued protection of the Antarctic environment. Read More
IAATO and two of its Member Operators, Aurora Expeditions and Oceanwide Expeditions, took part in a live Search and Rescue Communications Exercise in collaboration with the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) Ushuaia, Argentina. Read More
IAATO released a statement regarding the entrapment of Akademik Shokalskiy in pack ice off the coast of East Antarctica. Although the vessel is currently under charter to a non-IAATO science based expedition, IAATO is following events. Read More
The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Amanda Lynnes to the part-time position of Operations and Communications Assistant. Amanda is responsible for communicating IAATO's key messages and will assist in the development of the environmental and operational components of the Association. Read More
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Featured Articles and Events
Date change for IAATO 25 Annual Meeting in Providence 2014
Mark your calendars for the new dates May 27-May 29, 2014 for the IAATO 25th Meeting.
Promoting the Legacy of Antarctic Science
Rachel Morgan, Director of the United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust, writes on the collaborative effort between UKAHT and IAATO to conserve historic scientific huts on the Antarctic Peninsula. Read More
New Census, Analysis Reveal Chinstrap Penguins in Decline at Baily Head, 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 New 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
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
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.