Punta Arenas, Chile

To: Antarctic Treaty Party Representatives and Invited Guests
From: The IAATO Secretariat

Mark your calendars for April 22-25, 2013 for the IAATO 24th Annual Meeting and related activities.

Additional information for Members Only can be accessed here.

Preliminary Schedule of Events

April 22: Annual Meeting Day 1 (Members, Associates and Affiliates only)

April 23: Annual Meeting Day 2 (Morning session: Members, Associates and Affiliates only. Afternoon session: open for all invitees)
April 24: Annual Meeting Day 3 (Open session for all invitees) Meeting concludes in afternoon.
April 25: All-day Search and Rescue (SAR) workshop with Antarctic Treaty Party and Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) participation

The annual meeting and SAR workshop, as well as our block of reserved IAATO rooms, will be held at the Dream Hotel in Punta Arenas.


A preliminary draft of the meeting agenda will be available in February or March.

Pre-registration for IAATO 24

As in the past, an online registration form has been set up for meeting attendees. Go to IAATO 24 Registration. The password is iaato2013. If you don't yet have all the information requested (e.g. name of your hotel, arrival/departure dates), you can return and fill it in later. Only those who have registered will be allowed to participate in the meeting.

Dreams Hotel, Punta Arenas

Street Address:
O'Higgins 1235
Punta Arenas, Magallanes, Chile

Dreams Hotel website (in Spanish)
Dreams Hotel Expedia description


IAATO has negotiated a discounted per night rate on room accommodations at the Dream Hotel of US$140-$189 for IAATO meeting attendees.  The room rate includes complimentary WiFi, buffet breakfast, gym and swimming pool, sauna and tickets for the casino.

Please make your hotel reservation by completing the reservation form and credit card authorization form and fax or email them to Jessica Alvarado (Sales Executive).  The fax number (+56-61-204510) and email address vtorresf@mundodreams.com are also shown at the bottom of the reservation form.  You will receive a return confirmation from Vivian. Reservations must be made no later than Monday, February 25, 2013.

Room rates are as follows:
Standard King Rooms - USD $140+tax
Standard Twin Rooms - USD $145+tax (2 single beds)
Junior Suites - USD $189+tax
Executive Suites - USD $216+tax

All non-Chilean attendees, settling their total bill in US$ cash or international credit card (i.e.: American Express, Diners, Visa or MasterCard) can be tax exempt (19%) as per Chilean laws with presentation of passport and Immigration Card.

Each guest will be responsible for his/her own room rate and extras. The charges are to be paid at check-out.

Check-in time is 3:00 pm
Check-out time is 12:00 pm

Cancellations received until 04 March, 2013 - no penalty.
Cancellations received from 05 March, 2013 will be subject to penalty.

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

Meeting Documents

Various meeting documents will be  forwarded by email to attending Treaty Party representatives and invited guests several weeks prior to the meeting.  Documents will not be provided in hard copy at the meeting itself.

Ground Transportation

Approximately US$16 from airport to hotel.

Search and Rescue Workshop

It is anticipated that a full-day Search and Rescue (SAR) workshop will be held on Thursday, April 25. Further details will be forthcoming. In addition to IAATO members, representatives of the Antarctic Treaty Parties and Maritime Rescue Coordination Centers (MRCCs) will be invited. The workshop is intended to discuss issues pertaining to search and rescue in the Antarctic Treaty area, and anticipates discussions at ATCM XXXVI in Brussels, Belgium precipitated by a US proposal at the last ATCM for Improved Coordination of Maritime, Aeronautical and Land-Based Search and Rescue (SAR). The US proposal calls for a special SAR working group session the day prior to the commencement of ATCM XXXVI.