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AECO receives large grant from Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund

April 26th, 2023

Melissa Nacke, AECO’s Head of Operations, manages the Climate Change project that just received NOK 600 000 from Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund. Photo: AECO AECO’s Climate Change project received over half a million Norwegian crowns when Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund distributed their grants for this year.  The money will be used to support efforts to […]

Local cruise forum established in Svalbard

February 8th, 2023

– A collaborative forum for local stakeholders and the cruise industry is exactly what we need to ensure local value and “smooth sailing” in the summer season, says Frigg Jørgensen, Executive Director of AECO. Svalbard is an important destination for the expedition cruise industry. This offers economic and other values for Longyearbyen and adds to […]

AECO to combat marine plastic litter

April 23rd, 2018

Armed with NOK 2.43 million in funding, UN backing and thousands of volunteers, AECO is taking on one of the biggest environmental challenges of our time: marine plastic pollution. As part of the UN Environment Clean Seas campaign, AECO will work to drastically cut back on single-use plastics on Arctic expedition cruise vessels, as well as enhance cruise passengers’ involvement in regular beach cleanups.

AECO represents cruise industry in new Arctic SAR network

February 5th, 2018

Cruise industry, authorities and researchers will join forces to enhance Arctic SAR through the new ARCSAR network. Having secured €3.5 million in EU funding, the ARCSAR project will run for five years and include a live exercise on a cruise vessel.

AECO launches Arctic Field Staff Online Assessment

January 8th, 2018

The online assessment gives AECO-affiliated guides and expedition leaders the opportunity to test their knowledge of relevant Arctic regulations and AECO’s guidelines. The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators’ (AECO’s) new Field Staff Online Assessment is part of the trade organization’s efforts to manage responsible and sustainable tourism in the Arctic. Field staff are among […]

New site guidelines for Sallyhamna and Fulglehuken

December 27th, 2017

AECO has developed site specific guidelines for two new sites in Svalbard: Sallyhamna and Fuglehuken. With this latest addition, AECO now has site guidelines for 21 locations in Svalbard.

AECO’s Arctic Cruise Conference examines growth, challenges and opportunities

October 13th, 2017

Arctic expedition cruising is more popular than ever. New vessels, technology, operators and customer groups will shape the sector’s development in the years to come. This week, major operators and other stakeholders gather in Oslo to discuss how the industry should manage growth. On October 18, the Association of Arctic Expeditions Cruise Operators (AECO) organizes […]

Coordinated voyages and tourist routes will increase safety in Arctic regions

March 23rd, 2012

On 20 March 2012, the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and the Danish Maritime Authority met with the Government of Greenland and Greenland Tourism to discuss safety of navigation in the Arctic regions. There was general agreement that there is a need for increased work […]