IAATO 2017

Mark your calendars for 02-May thru 05-May-2017 for IAATO 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. #IAATO2017

Registration to attend the Annual Meeting is now closed.

General Information about Edinburgh

01 May:  Committee Meetings, Side Meetings, Evening Icebreaker
02 May:  Meeting Day 1 (Members, Associates and Affiliates only)
03 May:  Meeting Day 2 (Morning session: Members, Associates and Affiliates only. Afternoon session: Open for all invitees)
04 May:  Meeting Day 3 (Open session for all invitees) Meeting concludes in afternoon.
05 May:  Workshop (see below)

The annual meeting and workshop will be held at the University of Edinburgh in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland.  So join us for a step back in time to your college days with campus living, canteens and student bars!

Map of University of Edinburgh
John McIntyre Conference Center

A draft agenda will be available here.

Pre-registration for IAATO 2017 and hotel block space

Registration is now closed and the hotel guest rooms are sold out.  Only those registered will be authorized to participate in the meeting

Accommodation options are currently sold out.  All of the rooms for the meeting are located on the Pollock Halls campus of the University and within a few minutes walk of the John McIntyre Conference Centre.

Included in the room cost:

  • Full Scottish Breakfast
  • Free WiFi in the guest rooms.  
  • In Room tea/coffee.

Note: March 31, 2017 is the cancelation cut-off.

For additional information or questions about the hotel, contact IAATO Office Manager Laura Goldstein.

Annual Meeting Ice Breaker Cocktail Reception - on the evening of Monday, the 1st of May at the University of Edinburgh in the John McIntyre Conference Center.   

Cocktail Reception - United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust is sponsoring an evening cocktail reception at the beautiful and historic Edinburgh Castle on Tuesday, the 2nd of May for all members.

Dinner Reception  - The annual dinner reception will be held at another of Edinburgh's treasures, the National Museum of Scotland on Wednesday, the 3rd of May.  The dinner is complimentary for the first two guests per member.  Others may attend if pre-registered and at a cost of US$100.00 per guest.  

Further details will be forthcoming.

Social Media Workshop - Friday, 05 May (09:00-16:30)

Marketing, managing expectations and mitigating reputational risk

IAATO members need to balance high customer expectations while fulfilling the association's mission of safe, environmentally responsible Antarctic travel. IAATO's success over the last 25 years has led to a high degree of confidence amongst its stakeholders, but with demand for Antarctic travel expected to continue growing in a rapidly changing digital world, maintaining this reputation is more important that ever.

The morning session will give an insight into the potential of marketing with social media. The afternoon session will focus on crisis management using relevant scenarios.

This interactive workshop will be facilitated by Scott Hamilton from Escott Hunt Ltd, a company that is familiar with the unique challenges and opportunities of working in Antarctica.

Ground Transportation

Travel information to the city can be found here