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

December 13, 2016 - IAATO is delighted to have been recognised in recent suite of Antarctic place names made by the United Kingdom. Recognition also goes to several outstanding individuals who have made a significant contribution to developing industry best practice for safe and environmentally responsible travel to Antarctica, including vessel Captains Leif Skog, Karl-Ulrich Lampe, Uli Demel and Jérôme Poncet, and naturalists Carmen Field and Susan Adie. Read more

December 1, 2016 18:20 UTC - White Desert has released an updated statement regarding the medical evacuation from the South Pole. Read more

December 1, 2016 11:30 UTC - IAATO member operator White Desert has released a statement about the medical evacuation from the South Pole. Read more

October 4, 2016 - Happy anniversary to the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty! Celebrating 25 years of environmental protection in Antarctica. Follow the links here to download a special anniversary publication about the Protocol, available in four different languages. 

September 6, 2016 - Welcome Lisa! IAATO is thrilled to announce Lisa Kelley as their new Operations Manager. 

August 25, 2016 - IAATO Field Operations Manual (FOM) and Online Assessment for field staff opens for IAATO operators. Members need to log in to view the FOM here.

August 22-30, 2016 - IAATO is at the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Open Science Conference, Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia.

August 16-18, 2016 - IAATO is at the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) Annual Meeting in Goa, India.

July 11, 2016 - IAATO's Dr. Kim Crosbie is an expert speaker at tonight's All Party Parliamentary Group for Polar Regions discussion on economic opportunities and risks in the Arctic, House of Commons, London.

July 6, 2016 - IAATO is at the UK Antarctic Science Conference, University of East Anglia. The programme can be viewed here.

June 28-30, 2016 - IAATO is at the 14th IHO Hydrographic Commission on Antarctica Conference in Tromsø, Norway.

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IAATO 2017 - Annual Meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland
May 2nd thru 5th, 2017


We are gearing up for IAATO 2017.  IAATO members click here for more information. 
IAATO invited guests, please click here for more information.


2016 is IAATO's 25th Year

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.