2017 News Releases

IAATO launches free ‘One-Stop' App for polar guides In Antarctica!

1 December 2017 - The new IAATO Polar Guide: Antarctica app makes it quick and easy for Antarctic staff and visitors to access essential information while in the field without the need for a phone signal. With just a click you can view IAATO and Antarctic Treaty System requirements for safe and ethical operations on and around the white continent. Download now for iOS and AndroidRead More

Read IAATO Executive Director, Dr Damon Stanwell-Smith's, thoughts on the importace of Antarctica Day here.

Promoting responsible tourism in Ushuaia

25 September 2017- Improvements to Ushuaia Port services and future collaboration between IAATO and the Argentinian government were discussed last week at a meeting organized by IAATO  and the Fuegian Institute of Tourism (In.Fue.Tur). Discussions focused on the future growth of Antarctic tourism and the corresponding needs of the city of Ushuaia, which serves as an important gateway to Antarctica for the industry. Read More

Polar Field Staff Conference in Iceland

18 September 2017 - From 1- 4 October 2017, more than 90 representatives from the Arctic and Antarctic expedition cruise industry will gather in Iceland for the second AECO/IAATO Polar Field Staff Conference. The topic of the conference is evolution and new challenges in the polar tourism industry. Read More

IAATO will develop a science based conservation plan for Antarctica

11 May 2017 - IAATO members have agreed to develop a science based conservation plan for the Antarctic Peninsula in collaboration with the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) to support decision making for tourism management. Read More

New Executive Director for IAATO

11 May 2017 - IAATO is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Damon Stanwell-Smith as Executive Director. Damon will lead the Secretariat and work with IAATO's Executive Committee to ensure the association is functioning according to its mission of safe, environmentally responsible private-sector travel to Antarctica. Previously UK Head of Marine Environment at the Danish international consultancy, NIRAS and Head of the Marine Programme at the United Nations Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), Damon brings with him a wealth of strategic leadership experience. Read More

IAATO announces Antarctic tourism figures for 2016-2017

2 May 2017 - IAATO announced its tourism figures for the 2016-2017 Antarctic season at the start of its annual meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. Members are gathered to discuss safe, environmentally responsible Antarctic tourism, including a multi-dimensional approach to managing for growth that will keep activities both safe and sustainable. The total number of visitors travelling to Antarctica in 2016-2017 with IAATO members was 44,367, an increase of 15% compared to the previous season. Read More