A member organization founded in 1991 to advocate and promote the practice
of safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic.

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IAATO is celebrating International Women's Day, March 8.

2 - 8 March - The IAATO community has a host of inspirational women who lead by example, are advocates for change and are instrumental in delivering our mission of safe, environmentally responsible polar travel. This week we celebrate Antarctic women, from scientists and educators to leaders and conservationists. Follow #polarwomen on Twitter and Instagram and read more about these amazing women as the week unfolds here.

It's Penguin Awareness Day but cute memes aside, is there a serious message?
20 January -  They may be the cute and seemingly cuddly face of the white continent (no, you absolutely cannot cuddle a penguin in Antarctica!), but penguins are telling us important stuff about the health of their unique home. We need to be aware of what they are telling us – and not just on January 20th.
Why we need to make 2018 the year the world stops sucking

8 January - Amanda Lynnes, IAATO Head of Communications & Environment, on how small tweaks to our everyday habits can make a big difference to the environment.

December 1 - Happy Antarctica Day! To celebrate, IAATO has launched a free app called Polar Guide: Antarctica for staff guiding visitors in Antarctica that makes it quick and easy for users on-the-go in the field to access essential information without the need for a phone signal. Download now for iOS and AndroidRead More.

Executive Director, Damon Stanwell-Smith, also gives his thoughts on why we should all pause to reflect on the importance of Antarctica Day.

September 25-29 - IAATO is sharing tourism expertise and how we contribute to the knowledge of ice navigation at the International Ice Charting Working Group meeting in Hobart, Tasmania. The meeting brings together the polar maritime community, including satellite data providers, scientists and vessel operators. Such  collaboration will maximize the safety of all mariners. 

September 25 - IAATO and Argentine authorities step up collaborative efforts to promote responsible tourism after a meeting last week in Ushuaia, Argentina. Read more

September 18 - Two poles, one mission: IAATO and her sister association in the Arctic, AECO, are excited to announce the programme for their Polar Field Staff Conference in Iceland from 1-4 October 2017. Read more



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Save The Date - IAATO 2018 

IAATO's annual meeting in 2018 will be held from 1-3 May in Newport, Rhode Island, USA. The meeting is open to IAATO members and invited guests.  Members please click HERE to access the meeting page and to register.  Invited guests please click HERE to acess the meeting page and to registger.

Travelling to Antarctica?

Download the free new IAATO app Polar Guide: Antarctica for iOS and Android!

Before you leave home, the company you are travelling with will send you important information about your obligations for visiting Antarctica safely and responsibly. You can also view IAATO's briefing films, with subtitles in several different languages, and our FAQ page. Visiting the white continent is an extraordinary and special experience; we all have a role to play in protecting it for future generations. Have an incredible journey!