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 […]
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– 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 […]
Arctic tourism stakeholders have contributed to a report that outlines knowledge gaps and research needed to support responsible tourism management in the Arctic. The goal is to encourage researchers to undertake research that can inform decision-makers, local communities and operators in a time of increased interest in Arctic tourism.
As an industry association dedicated to managing responsible, environmentally friendly and safe tourism in the Arctic and strive to set the highest possible operating standards, AECO welcomes regulations that support this goal.
A new study of the economic impact of cruise tourism in Svalbard shows that expedition and conventional cruise ships made a substantial contribution to the local economy by purchasing goods and services for more than USD 12 million last year.
Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund (SEPF) announced that AECO was among the applicants that had been granted funding in this year’s second allocation. The new funding will to used for three projects related to responsible Arctic tourism.
A new milestone has been reached for AECO this month as the association was invited to become part of Svalbard’s council for public safety, preparedness and crises management.
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.
Monday evening, Northern Norway’s Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) received signals from an Emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) transmitting from a position just north of Magdalenafjorden (Magdalena Bay) in Svalbard. The beacon belonged to a sail boat that has Longyearbyen as its home port. The JRCC tried contacting the boat with no response. Other […]
This week, experts are conducting inspections of Fuglehuken and Sallyhamna, two sites in Svalbard that are expected to receive an increasing number of cruise tourists. The purpose of the inspection is to develop guidelines that allow tourists to visit the sites without disturbing their unique nature and cultural remains. Unique and vulnerable areas Seeing the […]