Archive for «Svalbard»

New report encourages research to support Arctic tourism management

January 9th, 2020

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.

AECO statement on potential tourism regulations in Svalbard

December 16th, 2019

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.

Cruise tourism brought Svalbard NOK 110 million in earnings in 2018

September 11th, 2019

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.

AECO receives USD 62,000 in funding from Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund

November 23rd, 2018

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.

AECO joins Svalbard’s Emergency Preparedness Council

June 21st, 2018

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. 

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.

Expedition cruise ships help locate sailboat presumed lost in Svalbard

September 21st, 2017

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 […]

AECO develops guidelines for two new landing sites in Western Svalbard

July 5th, 2017

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 […]