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.
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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.
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.
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. […]
We are very pleased to welcome Secret Atlas as a Provisional member to AECO. Secret Atlas is a UK based company that offers expedition cruises in AECO’s operational areas, for small groups of max 12 passengers, on the vessel they charter, TOGO. You can read more about Secret Atlas by visiting their website. We wish […]
AECO – Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators has been awarded NOK 223 000 from the Research Council of Norway. This will contribute towards a project to ensure local community engagement and involvement in Arctic cruise tourism development. The project is built in the light of AECO’s Community Engagement Program, and aims to implement innovative and collaborative frameworks to […]
A sum of NOK 360 000 has been awarded to the Norwegian Coastal Administration and AECO through the Arctic Council’s Emergency, Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR) working group This will contribute towards the launch of NEPTUNE, a project to investigate if expedition cruise vessels can be used in Arctic oil spill preparedness and response. A project to enhance the collective preparedness in the Arctic through utilizing the resources of the […]
Today, in a meeting in the Council Chamber at the Royal Palace the Norwegian King and the Council of State have appointed a new official committee that will provide advice and recommendations on maritime safety and preparedness challenges related to cruise traffic in Norway, including Svalbard. We are proud and honoured to announce that AECO’s […]
The Norwegian Retailer’s Environment Fund (Handelens Miljøfond) has awarded 500,000 NOK (≈ 53,000 USD) to secure AECO’s continued efforts to combat marine plastics pollution within AECO’s Clean Seas Project, which has been running since May 2018. AECO members have been conducting beach cleanups for decades, and the secretariat has recorded thousands of passengers, staff and […]
Norway leads way – reopening of Svalbard for expedition cruises Today, the Norwegian Government announced that expedition cruise operations will be allowed again in Svalbard with certain rigorous conditions. The decision is based in part on thorough work on providing infection control guidelines for the expedition cruise industry which has been carried out by several […]