As you already have learned there are two ways to reach Antarctica. The most popular is by sea. The other is by air. One company seems to dominate this market. Antarctic Logistic Expeditions or ALE is based in Salt Lake City. As a result I felt that I would be a good Opportunity to gain some perspective from a company in the industry. I spoke with a member of their staff in this office about their operations. Despite a short interview I gained a bit of insight into how the organization functions.
My first question to her was regarding why ALE seemed to have a monopoly on flights in and out of the continent. Here reply was that it was due to extreme nature of the conditions. It does make sense that there would be few companies however a single dominant company seemed a bit farfetched. This is especially true due to the unbelievable cost of their services. With flights upwards of $40,000 per person it is surprising that no one has stepped in with a lower cost alternative. I was also shocked that a company working in Antarctica would be based in Salt Lake City. She explained that this was due to the ease of buying snow equipment at a reasonable cost with major air transport near bye. She believes that business is strong and they have reached their capacity fro clients. However I question how this would be affected by new proposed regulation from the Antarctic treaty. This new regulation is aimed at reducing the number of tourists setting foot on the continent in the future. If their business diminishes will prices begin skyrocket. I personally do not see a stark change in demand in the near future. With fewer spaces will the laws of supply and demand force those not in wealthy elite from seeing this part of the world? However with present demand and expansion we could easily destroy the last pristine landscape on earth.
I am a traveler, a student, a vagabond, a business owner, an entrepreneur and a dreamer. My name is Stuart Derman and welcome to the Digital Vagabond. The purpose of this blog is to integrate my personal travel experiences with trends and issues within the tourism field. My background is in electronic marketing within the tourism field.