AECO in collaboration with IAATO – International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators – and joint members are meeting online these days to develop new polar field staff training standards for the expedition cruise industry . The meeting that was supposed to take place in Iceland a couple of months back had been postponed because of the COVID-19 situation, but according to the organizers great progress is being made anyway thanks to a well-functioning online meeting platform.
The objective of this project is to define the minimum level of training and qualifications field staff working in the expedition cruise industry should have to conduct various tasks, and to be responsible for different parts of the field operations.
AECO will continue our efforts to ensure considerate and sustainable tourism through the development of tools for the future. Training and staff competences is one of the areas that we see as the most crucial to our industry.