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Norwegian-Russian cooperation aims to stop the spread of alien species to the Arctic

April 30th, 2021

This year, a major campaign is being launched in northwest Russia aimed at preventing the spread of alien species to Russian parts of the Arctic. Scientists fear that seeds, insects and parasites will establish themselves in the vulnerable northern regions, and ask travelers to take action.

Tour operators’ efforts to tackle Arctic marine litter highlighted in new video

April 29th, 2021

The Arctic expedition cruise industry has vowed to leave Arctic beaches cleaner than they find them. In addition, they are working to address the problem at its source. The industry’s efforts to combat marine plastic pollution is presented in a new information video.

SeaDream Yacht Club new Provisional Member of AECO

March 4th, 2021

AECO is pleased to welcome SeaDream Yacht Club as a Provisional Member to the organization. SeaDream Yacht Club is of Norwegian ownership and registered in Norway. They operate two mega-yachts in the Caribbean area and the Norwegian coastline, and wish now to operate in Svalbard in the near future. We welcome the new member and […]

New animation video highlights tourist involvement Arctic beach cleanups

February 17th, 2021

A new animation video will motivate travelers to help clean Arctic beaches and reduce their plastic footprint.

Columbia Cruise Services new Associate Member of AECO

February 11th, 2021

AECO is pleased to welcome Columbia Cruise Services as an Associate Member to the organization. Columbia Cruise Services is a company operating from Hamburg that manages cruise vessels, and are the technical and crewing manager for Hapag-Lloyd vessels (MV EUROPA, MV EUROPA 2, MV HANSEATIC Nature, MV HANSEATIC Inspiration and MV HANSEATIC Spirit (as of […]

Community engagement key to a responsible return to Arctic expedition cruising

February 5th, 2021

Once Arctic coastal communities are ready to welcome tourists again, expedition cruise operators can engage with local communities to plan safe and considerate visits. The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) is working to identify best practices for responsible community engagement in the COVID-19 era.

Arctic search and rescue partners pioneer virtual tabletop exercise

December 14th, 2020

For the fifth year in a row, the Arctic expedition cruise industry, search and rescue sector and academia gathered for a joint tabletop exercise. This year, the exercise was organized as a fully virtual event, gathering nearly 130 participants from across the world. 

Maniitsoq and Kangerlussuaq launch tourist guidelines

December 8th, 2020

The Greenlandic communities of Maniitsoq and Kangerlussuaq offer unique experiences to travelers. The two communities have now developed Community Specific Guidelines to help visitors understand how they can make the most of their stay while being considerate guests.

Arctic expedition cruise industry introduces field staff standards

October 23rd, 2020

Qualified guides are key to responsible tourism in the Arctic. The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators has taken steps to ensure that guides have the relevant skills and training by introducing recommended field staff standards.

AECO’s Clean Seas Project presented the National Energy Globe Award

October 1st, 2020

  The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators – AECO’s efforts to tackle marine plastic litter in the Arctic have been recognized globally; AECO’s Clean Seas project was selected as the winner of the 2020 National Energy Globe Award for Norway.   For nearly two decades, members of AECO have been organizing beach cleanups involving cruise passengers travelling to Svalbard. […]