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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Blog | A Year in The Life of Responsible Tourism
What does a year in the life of responsible tourism look like? We asked our digital media assistant Hayley Court, who joined us a year ago this month, for her reflections on her first 12 months in IAATO. Read her blog here

Blog | Penguins, People & Science – Antarctica Depends on All Three
Penguins my first love. I used to study gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) on a remote Antarctic island to see how their breeding and foraging patterns changed in response to food supply. My work and experiences left me with a lifetime longing to do what I could to protect them. Read our latest blog here - and further reading from our polar partners at UK Antarctic Heritage Trust here

OUT NOW: Version Two of Our ‘One-Stop' App for Antarctic Visitors and Guides
The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) has launched version     two of its successful IAATO Polar Guide: Antarctica app, 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. Tell me more...

We're Hiring - Extended deadline
We are currently recruiting for a full-time bookkeeper postion in our South Kingstown office in Rhode Island. The successful candidate will work with the executive director and director of governance & administration to set up and oversee the financial record keeping of the association, as well as support the director of governance & administration in ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local legal requirements.

Please click here for the position announcement and employment application.

Blog | Antarctic Visitors - Friends or Foe?

With frequent reports in the news about changing polar environments, IAATO welcomes questions about the possible impact of polar 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. 

 

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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!

 

What Does IAATO Do?

The future protection of Antarctica from the impacts of human activity requires collaboration on a global scale. To promote effective visitor management, IAATO annually shares detailed information on its activities with Antarctic Treaty Parties and works collaboratively with scientific institutions, particularly on long-term environmental monitoring and citizen-science systematic observations. Find out more about our work by reading our fact sheet.