International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) Conference 2018

IAATOThumbThe Commissioner for South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands, Nigel Phillips CBE, along with Steve Brown (Director of Operations) and Ross James (Visitor Management Officer) recently attended the 2018 IAATO conference held in Newport, Rhode Island, USA. This three-day event saw the annual gathering of IAATO members who operate in the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic Islands, including South Georgia. The conference provides a forum for discussion about tourism in and around Antarctica.

The Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands was pleased to present an overview of the 2017/18 summer season on South Georgia and a look ahead to plans for the next season. This included updates on the increase in numbers of both vessels and visitors, updates on biosecurity and planned future improvements, and project development this season including the South Georgia Heritage Trust (SGHT) rodent eradication monitoring programme, heritage works at Grytviken and science monitoring projects. Visitor documentation for the 2018/19 season will be published in June.