A member organization founded in 1991 to advocate and promote the practice
of safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic.
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
Featured Articles and Events
Thinking of Flying a Drone in Antarctica?
2017 / 2018 - IAATO is cautioning all potential travellers to Antarctica, who are hoping to fly a drone, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), to check with their travel agent or tour operator before packing their device. IAATO member operators have agreed to ban the recreational use of UAVs in Antarctica's unique, and often wildlife rich, coastal areas while more information is gathered about their safe and environmentally responsible use in this last great wilderness. This policy will be reviewed annually. Read More
What does IAATO do?
IAATO produces an annual fact sheet detailing highlights over the past year, the latest tourism figures and trends and an overview of IAATO's mission and vision. Read More
Get the Facts: Non-Native Species in Antarctica
Non-native species are those species that do not naturally occur in an area and have been introduced either intentionally or unintentionally. A wide range of non-native species now occur in Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands. IAATO commissions and participates in studies investigating the risks related to the inadvertent introduction of foreign species. Read More
Click on a Penguin for Conservation!
Penguin Lifelines, a research project supported by IAATO, is using a platform called Zooniverse to allow volunteers to participate in real science. Interested members of the public can view time lapse imagery from Penguin Lifelines, and other researchers, online and help extract data by clicking on penguins. Read More
Can a Healthy Fishery Exist Without Ecosystem Damage?
Climate Change in Antarctica: Understanding the Facts
Recognizing that climate change is a significant threat to the Antarctic environment, IAATO and its members continue to raise awareness, motivate behavioral change and inspire their passengers on this issue. Read more, and download the multi-language pamphlet based on the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment report.
Why does Antarctica Matter?
IAATO was invited, with other Antarctic experts, to provide a two-minute video about why Antarctica matters to them as part of the Royal Geographical Society's Young Geographer of the Year competition. Found out why Antarctica matters to them here.