Events

Optimal Tourism Balance Workshop

September 11th, 2019 – September 13th, 2019

The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), the Norwegian Institute of Nature Research (NINA) and Visit Svalbard invite you to participate in an Optimal Tourism Balance workshop in Longyearbyen September 11-13. The goal is to discuss, define and pitch research projects that can help Svalbard find the optimal tourist balance in tourist development.

Polar Field Staff Conference

September 22nd, 2019 – September 25th, 2019

AECO and the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) will deliver their third joint Polar Field Staff Conference from September 22 to September 25, 2019. The conference gathers guides, expedition leaders and operations managers working for both polar trade associations to support their shared mission of advocating and promoting safe and environmentally responsible polar travel. The three-day event will take place in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, USA.

AECO’S ARCTIC CRUISE CONFERENCE AND ANNUAL MEETING 2019

October 16th, 2019 – October 17th, 2019

Every year since 2003 AECO's Annual Cruise Conference has gathered the international Arctic expedition cruise industry, government officials and other stakeholders connected to Arctic cruise tourism. In 2019 the conference will take place Wednesday, October 16.

The conference is followed by AECO members' only Annual Meeting, October 17.

Fifth Joint Arctic SAR Workshop and TTX 2020

April 15th, 2020 – April 16th, 2020

The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), the Icelandic Coast Guard (ICG) and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Northern Norway (JRCC NN), invite cruise operators, SAR responders and other relevant stakeholders to join us for the Fifth Arctic Search & Rescue (SAR) Workshop & Table-Top Exercise (TTX). The overall objective for the Joint Arctic SAR TTX is to ensure safe Arctic cruise operations.