The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) this week have been part of a cross-sectional group of professionals that have gathered in Svalbard to test the efficiency of lifesaving appliances and to discuss polar survival strategies. Under the scope of SARex Svalbard, a multiple day exercise onboard a Norwegian Coast Guard Vessel KV Svalbard has been organized in Isfjorden, Svalbard with the aim of researching best […]
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On June 16, people around the world will carry out cleanup actions in their local environment. This global effort will mark the birthday of Sarah Auffret, a polar professional who dedicated many years of her life to protecting the environment, and in particular the marine environment in polar regions. A tragic accident has inspired a […]
AECO is pleased to welcome Heritage Expeditions as a Provisional Member. Heritage Expeditions was formed in 1985, as a way of increasing awareness and conservation of the natural world through responsible expedition travel. Based in New Zealand, Heritage Expeditions which is still family owned, operates its own Polar Research Vessel, Spirit of Enderby, on expeditions to […]
Photo: Ómar Bogason Seyðisfjördur is presenting a new tool for tourism management: Community specific guidelines targeted at tourists. The launch coincides with the arrival of the first cruise ship of the season in Seyðisfjördur port. Inhabited by about 700 people, the Icelandic coastal town receives around 30 000 passengers per year. The town’s message to visitors is clear: “Everybody is welcome to our little paradise and […]
New guidelines have been released outlining the necessity of reducing plastic waste on cruise ships and bringing responsible travel to the forefront for Arctic cruise passengers.
We are pleased to welcome Isabelle Howells as our new communications assistant. Her work includes supporting the various elements of AECO’s communication strategy, writing content and press releases as well as promoting the organisation’s online presence. Isabelle studied marketing and public relations at university and has since become familiar with the Arctic cruise expedition industry, […]
AECO is pleased to welcome Hapag-Lloyd Cruises back to the organization, as a Provisional member. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is a Hamburg-based cruise company that operates small luxury expedition ships as well as two luxury cruise vessels. AECO looks forward to a rewarding cooperation.
Iqaluit, Nunavut (April 16, 2019) – The Government of Nunavut (GN) and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together on cruise ship tourism in the territory. “The GN is committed to diversifying and improving economic opportunities to encourage self-reliance and provide local employment in […]
To ensure sustainable and safe travel, the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) has issued guidelines for private yachts sailing to and in the Arctic. The guidelines will help yacht operators plan a safe and considerate voyage as well as provide other valuable information. AECO has also launched a website where additional information and […]
Are you travelling to the Arctic? Seeds, insects and parasites can travel with you as stowaways without your knowledge. A new short film explains how you can avoid bringing unwanted species that can threaten the vulnerable Arctic environment.