2018 News Releases

Save The Date | Polar Field Staff Conference September 22 – 25, 2019
IAATO and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) will deliver their third joint Polar Field Staff Conference from September 22 to September 25 next year. The conference gathers guides, expedition leaders and operations managers working for both polar trade associations to support their shared mission of advocating and promoting safe and environmentally responsible polar travel. The three-day event will take place in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, USA.

More information about the program will be shared with AECO and IAATO members in due course.
 

The Polar Citizen Science Collective Awarded Grant To Develop Polar Science Mobile App
IAATO is delighted to share the news that The Polar Citizen Science Collective has been awarded a €170,000 grant to develop a citizen science mobile app. Read more...
 

Blog | Don't Hug the Penguins, and Other Rules in Antarctica...
Going to Antarctica is a privilege, not a right, and thanks to the extraordinarily successful intergovernmental agreement that is the Antarctic Treaty, all human activity there is regulated by strict rules which protect the white desert and its wildlife. Here are a few things to think about before you head to the wildest place on Earth.

Blog | Antarctica Day - Celebrating 59 Years of Global Antarctic Ambassadorship
At a time when, for many, the world seems uncertain; with political, environmental and equality struggles in the headlines, it is perhaps heartening to be able to celebrate a unique global collaboration which is as strong today as it was at its inception almost 60 years ago. Read our latest blog from IAATO Head of Operations, Lisa Kelley.


Save The Date | IAATO 2019
Every year, members set aside competitive interests to have open and candid discussions on safety, environmental protection and self-regulation. Decision-making is supported by recommendations developed by IAATO's many dedicated committees and working groups throughout the year. The meetings conclude annually with the voting in of new policies on best practice which support our mission of promoting and advocating safe and environmentally responsible travel to Antarctica are voted in.

IAATO's annual meeting 2019 will be held from April 30 – May 2 in Cape Town, South Africa and is open to IAATO members and invited guests.

HappyWhale Joins Forces With IWC-SORP to Create Whale ID How-To Guide
HappyWhale has joined forces with the International Whaling Commission's Southern Ocean Research Partnership (IWC-SORP) to create a how-to guide for photographing identification features for Right, Fin, Sei, Humpback, Blue and Killer whales. Find yours here.

Blog | A Year in The Life of Responsible Tourism
What does a year in the life of responsible tourism look like? We asked our digital media assistant Hayley Court, who joined us a year ago this month, for her reflections on her first 12 months in IAATO. Read her blog here

Blog | Penguins, People & Science - Antarctica Depends on All Three
Penguins were my first love. I used to study gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) on a remote Antarctic island to see how their breeding and foraging patterns changed in response to food supply. My work and experiences left me with a lifetime longing to do what I could to protect them. Read our latest blog here - and further reading from our polar partners at UK Antarctic Heritage Trust here

IAATO Launches Version Two of ‘One-Stop' App for Antarctic Visitors & Guides
The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) has launched version two of its successful IAATO Polar Guide: Antarctica app, 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. Read more.

IAATO's responsible tourism conference concludes

10 May - IAATO has concluded its 2018 meeting in Newport, Rhode Island, having agreed to strengthen its mission of promoting the practice of safe, environmentally responsible travel to the Antarctic. Every year, members set aside competitive interests to have open and candid discussions on safety, environmental protection and self-regulation. Decision-making is supported by recommendations developed by IAATO's many dedicated committees and working groups throughout the year. The meetings conclude annually with the voting in of new policies on best practice. Read more.

IAATO reports latest Antarctic visitor numbers as members gather for their annual meeting.

30 April - IAATO's proactive management strategies can act as a role model for safe, environmentally responsible travel as Antarctic growth continues in line with global trends. IAATO has been monitoring, analyzing and reporting trends since 1991 as part of its commitment to ‘leave only footprints' through the effective self-management of its activities. The majority, 41,996, of visitors travelled by sea to Antarctica on vessels offering excursions ashore, representing a 16% increase compared to the previous year. Read more.