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AECO job opening: Community Engagement Specialist

September 1st, 2021

One of AECO’s developing areas is community engagement. By working with local communities, partners, authorities, and our members, AECO strives to ensure mutual benefits from expedition cruising in the Arctic. We are looking to hire a Community Engagement Specialist.

Norwegian national guideline on infection control measures for expedition cruises released

August 26th, 2021

Norway has issued a national guideline on infection control measures for expedition cruises, developed by Standard Norge in collaboration with AECO.

AECO receives NOK 1.85 million in COVID-19 relief

August 11th, 2021

AECO has been awarded NOK 1.85 million (USD 225,000 approx.) in COVID-19 relief from the Norwegian government. The funds come from “Svalbard package 2”, a government compensation scheme to support travel industry in Svalbard that has been negatively affected by travel restrictions imposed as a result of the pandemic.

Report from Joint Arctic Search and Rescue Tabletop Exercise published

August 10th, 2021

This week, the report from the most recent Joint Arctic Search and Rescue Tabletop Exercise was published. The report highlights how the skillset of expedition staff can be leveraged when establishing and evacuating passengers to a shore camp. The report also describes how vessels in distress, vessels of opportunity, search and rescue responders and home offices can work together to use available resources in the best possible way.

Maritime Practice joins AECO as Provisional Member

June 18th, 2021

AECO is pleased to welcome Maritime Practice as a provisional member to the organization.

View webinar recording from Stopping Arctic alien species – travel industry perspectives

June 7th, 2021

On June 3, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) organized a  webinar that examined the challenge of invasive alien species in the Arctic and what can be done by travelers to prevent the introduction of potentially harmful alien species. This event targets tour operators, expedition field […]

Polar tour operators participate in third annual Cleanup for Sarah

June 1st, 2021

People worldwide will be picking litter on beaches, in cities and in their communities for the third year in a row in memory of Sarah Auffret, a beloved member of the polar travel community

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 […]