2016 News Releases

Statement No 2 From White Desert About South Pole Medical Evacuation - 1 December 2016, 18:20 UTC.

The evacuation flight for Mr Buzz Aldrin has successfully landed at Christchurch, New Zealand and Mr Aldrin is being transferred to hospital for examination. He is currently has fluid in his lungs but is responding well to antibiotics and being kept overnight for observation. His condition is stable and his manager, who is currently with him, described him being in good spirits.
White Desert would like to offer our sincere thanks to the team at the American National Science Foundation for accommodating Buzz and his team member on one of their flights from South Pole to New Zealand via McMurdo. We wish Buzz a speedy recovery. Full statement

For further information please refer to www.buzzaldrin.com

Statement From White Desert About South Pole Medical Evacuation - 1 December 2016, 11:30 UTC.

A White Desert client, Buzz Aldrin, has been evacuated from South Pole. Mr Aldrin was visiting the Pole as part of a tourist group and while there his condition deteriorated. As a precaution, following discussion between the White Desert doctor and the US Antarctic Program (USAP) doctor, Mr Aldrin, accompanied by a member of his team, was evacuated on the first available flight out of the South Pole to McMurdo with the USAP under the care of a USAP doctor.  His condition was described as stable upon White Desert doctor's hand-over to the USAP medial team.

White Desert would like to express their gratitude to USAP at this time for their support.
His family have been informed of the situation. This flight is still in progress and there will be further updates when additional information is available. Contacts and Further Information

Special Stamp Issue Celebrates IAATO's 25th Anniversary

The Government of the British Antarctic Territory is pleased to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) with the release of this special stamp issue.

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IAATO Welcomes New Operations Manager, Lisa Kelley - 6 September 2016

IAATO Executive Director Dr. Kim Crosbie says, "Lisa has a strong background in polar operations and has actively contributed to IAATO for many years. She is well placed to both deliver on IAATO's long established objectives of safe and environmentally responsible Antarctic travel and work effectively with our membership to continue strengthening the association. We're thrilled to welcome her to the team."

Lisa has worked in the polar tourism industry for over 15 years, successfully leading expeditions since 2007. View Full Release

IAATO's 25th Anniversary Meeting Concludes - 11 May 2016

IAATO concluded its 25th anniversary meeting in Newport, Rhode Island, USA with a record number of participating members. Sixty-nine members attended, agreeing on changes to membership structure and outcomes that strengthen the association's ability to achieve its mission of promoting the practice of safe, environmentally responsible travel to the Antarctic. For the meeting highlights and outcomes, please see the release.

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Antarctic Tourism Figures Released as IAATO's 25th Anniversary Meeting Opens - 3 May 2016

IAATO today announced its tourism figures for the 2015-2016 Antarctic season on the first day of its 25th Anniversary Meeting in its home town of Newport, Rhode Island, USA. The total numbers of visitors travelling to Antarctica, with IAATO members, was 38,478, an increase of 4.6% compared to the previous season. Overall, levels of visitation have been increasing steadily since 2011-2012 in line with global trends. Estimates released for next season, 2016-2017, indicate that growth will continue with 43,885 visitors expected, still less than the peak of 46,265 during the 2007-2008 austral summer.

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New Study Reveals Patterns In Antarctic Tourism  - 18 February 2016

Results from a new study examining 20 years of commercial cruise activity in the Antarctic Peninsula region have important implications for Antarctic visitor management. The paper was published online this week in the journal Antarctic Science. The analysis was conducted by Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York in conjunction with IAATO, which has developed the most comprehensive dataset of any human activity in the Antarctic as part of its mission to promote the practice of safe and environmentally responsible private sector travel to the continent.

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New Animated Briefings For Antarctic Visitors - 2 February 2016

New videos have been developed by IAATO to brief travellers en route to Antarctica. They reinforce actions visitors need to take to ensure their visit is safe and environmentally sensitive. The three-minute animation will be shown to guests travelling with IAATO member operators to supplement the existing General Briefing. The videos are in English and available with subtitles in nine other languages.

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Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions (ALE) Statement about Henry Worsley - 25 January 2016

It is with great sadness that we report that polar expeditioner Henry Worsley has died at a hospital in Punta Arenas, Chile after complications caused by bacterial peritonitis. Henry returned from Antarctica on January 23 after nearly completing his Shackleton Solo Expedition.

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Queen's Polar Medal awarded to Kim Crosbie and Jérôme Poncet - 12 January 2016

IAATO Executive Director Dr Kim Crosbie and IAATO Member Mr Jérôme Poncet of Golden Fleece Expeditions have been awarded the Queen's Polar Medal. Kim has been recognized for her outstanding contributions to the knowledge of Polar visitor management. Jérôme for his pioneering efforts in supplying logistics in support of Polar science and wildlife documentaries for over 40 years.

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