Can Antarctic Tourism Really Be Ecotourism?
How do tourism operations in Antarctica come into this picture? Due to the extreme remoteness of traveling to Antarctica there will always be a fairly large impact. This is because of the transportation required to reach the continent. However all operations are required to follow strict guidelines. This is a result of The Antarctic Treaty. So in some ways all of these operations meet some of the requirements in order to be considered under this field.
What are some principals of ecotourism? The first principal is to minimize impact. The Antarctic Treaty requires this. The second principal is to provide environmental education on the region traveled. This is a large part of traveling to Antarctica. Most tours have naturalist as well as other scientists in order to inform clients of what exits in Antarctica. This includes both fauna and flora. In addition to this tour operators such as Limbad Expeditions have a highly qualified expedition staff.
One of the biggest issues facing Antarctic Tourism is the massive risk traveling through Drakes Passage as well as through the ice. Although these ships are designed to travel through such extreme conditions Mother Nature still controls the outcome. Another element of ecotourism is that it is done in a way that is safe for those traveling. This is a consistent issue with these tours. Each year at least one of these ships become stranded in the ice and require a rescue.
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.