012 Tourism in the Arctic and the Antarctic

08 . 08 . 2017

Contributors


Mario Acquarone
Naturalist, Expedition Leader, Skipper, Educator
Chris Marquardt
Photographer, Author, Podcaster, Traveler, Educator

Mario Acquarone

Naturalist, Expedition Leader, Skipper, Educator

Chris Marquardt

Photographer, Author, Podcaster, Traveler, Educator

Notes

Tourists in polar areas typically look for pristine, untouched landscapes and wildlife encounters. The exploration feeling is what draws people to these high latitudes. Paradoxically, with the recent increase in the number of tourists, this feeling of having reached a pristine area is enhanced by the intense activities of two organizations: AECO in the North and IAATO in the South. Independently of each other, both organizations promote safe and environmentally responsible travel to polar areas by enforcing a precautionary “leave no trace” policy. Incidentally, the philosophy of traceless travel is also wittingly expounded in a popular book about human necessities while in the middle of nature.

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