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The Press Office

The IAATO Communications team is on hand to support members of the press, media organizations and researchers with their enquiries.

Welcome to the IAATO Press Office

We aim to create engaging, educationally enriching communications with which to share and explain the work of IAATO, advocate and promote safe and environmentally responsible travel to the Antarctic and create a corps of ambassadors for the region.

The IAATO Communications Team manages all media relations for the organisation, from creating and issuing press releases and developing blog content to sharing updates about robust new operational guidelines, the latest visitor figures, research and citizen science initiatives.

We facilitate interviews with members of IAATO, give background briefings on issues relating to responsible tourism operations in Antarctica, and support media organizations with digital media requests.

IAATO Response to Tragic Incident in Antarctica  (November 19, 2022)

IAATO is saddened to learn of an incident near Cape Lookout, Elephant Island, resulting in two passenger fatalities.

The incident, on November 15, occurred during a small boat excursion from expedition vessel World Explorer, chartered by IAATO member operator Quark Expeditions.

This tragedy has been deeply felt by our community and at this time our thoughts are with those directly involved.

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Looking for IAATO’s latest visitor numbers at a glance?

IAATO has been carefully monitoring, analysing and reporting Antarctic tourism trends since 1991 as part of its commitment to the effective self-management of guest activities.

Scroll down for an overview of the 2021/22 season or visit our Data and Statistics Page

Cruise-Only Visitors


Landed Visits


Deep Field Visitors