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Management of Tourism in the Marine Environment of Antarctica: The IAATO Perspective

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Abstract:

Management of tourism in Antarctica has been the combined responsibility of Antarctic Treaty Parties and the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) since 1991 when IAATO was formed. With the growth of tourism during the past 15–20 years, management strategies developed by IAATO included establishing categories of membership that are tailored to accommodate size of vessels and passenger capacity, plus a variety of steps taken to ensure environmental protection. These are mentioned in detail in the following sections. Benefits of Antarctic tourism are many, such as spin-offs that assist science programs through "ships of opportunity" by way of transporting science personnel and gear, as well as in numerous observations of marine wildlife by tour company naturalists.

Keywords: ANTARCTICA; ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION; IAATO; MARINE WILDLIFE; TOURISM

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3727/154427307784772011

Publication date: June 1, 2007

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  • Tourism in Marine Environments is an interdisciplinary journal dealing with a variety of management issues in marine settings. It is a scientific journal that draws upon the expertise of academics and practitioners from various disciplines related to the marine environment, including tourism, marine science, geography, social sciences, psychology, environmental studies, economics, marketing, and many more.
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