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

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! 

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. 

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IAATO 2017 - Annual Meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland

May 2nd thru 5th, 2017

#IAATO2017 - IAATO members click here for more information. 

IAATO invited guests, please click here for more information.

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.