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

Latest News

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

July 31 - 2 August 2017 - IAATO is at the Council of Managers of Antarctic National Programmes (COMNAP) AGM in the Czech Republic to support the development and promotion of operational best practice in Antarctica. 

May 22 - June 1 2017 - IAATO was at the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) in Beijing, China. IAATO attends as an Invited Expert to support discussions on the management of human activity in Antarctica. IAATO reports annually. View them here

May 11 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

May 11 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

May 5, 2017 - Thank you, IAATO members, for another great meeting! Catch up at #IAATO2017.

May 1, 2017 - IAATO announces tourism figures for last season and its forecast for next at the start of its annual meeting in Edinburgh. Read More.

May 2-5, 2017 - IAATO's members are gathered in Edinburgh, Scotland for their annual meeting to discuss issues driving our mission of safe, environmentally responsible Antarctica travel. #IAATO2017.

February 14, 2017 - #LoveAntarcticInvertebrates! ❤️ This Valentine's week IAATO, along with Antarctic Ambassadors and the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition are celebrating the weird and wonderful invertebrate creatures that comprise over 90% of Antarctic species. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to share the love! 

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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. 

Celebrating a Special Mission

We're proud of our heritage - 25 years of promoting the practice of safe, environmentally responsible Antarctic travel.

To learn more about the history of Antarctic tourism and IAATO, please view our commemorative booklet (3.3MB) or this short historical film, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions.