2015 Press Releases
Polar Tour Operators hold Field Guide Conference in Toronto - 27-29 Sept, 2015
The poles are combining forces in Toronto from 27-29 September at a unique conference for polar field staff organized by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) in collaboration with its sister organization in the Arctic, the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO). The event will provide a lively and interactive forum for sharing knowledge and best practice in polar guiding. 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.
Facing the Challenge – a joint IAATO-Lloyd's Register workshop to prepare for the Polar Code, 16 June, 2015
A dynamic, interactive and constructive workshop on how to tackle implementing the forthcoming International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Polar Code has just concluded. Fittingly, the workshop took place at London's home of exploration, the Royal Geographical Society, Kensington.
The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO)-Lloyd's Register facilitated workshop brought together experienced polar captains, nautical managers and executives from over 21 companies who are members of IAATO, Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) with representatives from the regulatory, insurance, research and resupply community.
IAATO members ban the use of UAVs in Antarctica's coastal areas - 7 May, 2015
IAATO operators have agreed that, for the 2015-16 season, they will not allow the recreational use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in the unique, and often wildlife rich, coastal areas of Antarctica. Recognizing the value of UAVs for research and certain commercial uses, such as documentary filmmaking, the intent is to ensure that their use is contained and carefully controlled. The ban will be reviewed next year to allow for potential technological advances and further developments within the regulatory community.
IAATO releases latest tourism figures as its 26th Annual Meeting opens in Rotterdam, The Netherlands - April 28, 2015
The total numbers of visitors travelling to Antarctica, with IAATO members, was 36,702, a slight decrease of 2% compared to the previous season. Overall, since 2011-2012, levels of visitation have been increasing modestly, but are still considerably less than the peak of 46,265 during the 2007-2008 austral summer.
Antarctic Search and Rescue Exercise conducted by IAATO and the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand - February 19, 2015
Earlier today, various international media outlets began reporting a loss of communication with members of the Russian parliament who are currently in Antarctica. However, these reports are inaccurate and all climbers are safe and well.
IAATO is pleased to announce the appointment of Tudor Morgan to the full-time position of Environmental Manager. Tudor's overall role is to support safe and environmentally responsible tourism to Antarctica, with a particular focus on field operations.