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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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

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


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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. 

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!