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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Antarctic Visitors - Friends or Foe?

9 July - With frequent reports in the news about a changing Antarctic environment, IAATO welcomes questions about the possible impact of tourism. It's something we think about daily as we continue to work towards our mission of safe, environmentally responsible travel. Read our latest thoughts in response to a recent enquiry from one of IAATO's Facebook followers. This week also marks the annual opening of IAATO's ship scheduler, an essential tool for visitor management in Antarctica. (Image: John Chardine / IAATO).

IAATO is at the 2018 Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting in Buenos Aires.

13-18 May - Committed to the safe, responsible management of human activity in Antarctica, IAATO submits its visitor data annually to ATCM. Read our Information Papers here.

IAATO has concluded its 27th annual meeting.  

IAATO has concluded its 27th annual meeting in Newport, Rhode Island, USA, having agreed to strengthen its mission of promoting the practice of safe, environmentally responsible travel to the Antarctic. Every year, members set aside competitive interests to have open and candid discussions on safety, environmental protection and self-regulation. Read more

IAATO reports latest Antarctic visitor numbers as members gather for their annual meeting.
April 30 - IAATO can act as a role model for safe, environmentally responsible tourism as growth continues in line with global trends. IAATO has been monitoring, analyzing and reporting trends since 1991 as part of its commitment to ‘leave only footprints' through the effective self-management of its activities. Read more.

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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!