May 11, 2006 - G Adventures, Canada’s largest adventure travel company, is pleased to announce that it recently became a full member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO). Previously provisional members, G Adventures was voted in as full member to IAATO at the association's annual meeting.
IAATO advocates, promotes and practices safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic and now represents about 95% of all annual tourists to Antarctica. IAATO developed a set of guidelines for tourists to Antarctic, which were subsequently adopted by the Antarctic Treaty parties as part of their Environmental Protocol.
IAATO has established extensive procedures and guidelines that ensure appropriate, safe and environmentally sound private-sector travel to the Antarctic: regulations and restrictions on numbers of people ashore; staff-to-passenger ratios; site-specific and activity guidelines; wildlife watching; pre- and post-visit activity reporting; passenger, crew and staff briefings; previous Antarctic experience for tour staff; contingency and emergency medical evacuation plans.
IAATO also developed an independent Onboard Observer program to ensure that companies applying to become members meet their detailed and extensive regulations for visiting Antarctica. This past Antarctic season, G Adventures carried an observer onboard the Explorer, and met the program's standards.
It is G Adventures' hope that our passengers will return home with a greater understanding of the continent and will be ambassadors for the Great White Continent.
About G Adventures
G Adventures is Canada’s largest adventure travel company and a world leader in the adventure industry. We offer unique small group adventures, safaris and expeditions on all seven continents with a focus on culture, nature and active travel to more than 40,000 travellers annually. Our unique and varied styles of award-winning trips are ideal for people with a sense of adventure - who want to travel off the beaten path, immerse themselves in the local culture and environment and experience the real world in a sustainable manner. G Adventures is also the proud owner of the legendary polar expedition ship the M/S Explorer. Through G Adventures’ commitment to responsible tourism, we have developed the Planeterra Foundation as a way for us and our travellers to give back to the communities we visit on our trips. For more information, please visit us online at www.gadventures.com.