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Cruise industry cooperation highlighted in Arctic search and rescue event

September 11th, 2018

This week, the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) published the report their most recent search and rescue (SAR) tabletop exercise. The report concludes that cruise ships can make valuable contribution to search and rescue in the Arctic. To achieve this, dialogue between the cruise industry and SAR responders is essential.

Welcome to AECO as Affiliate Member, Polaris Tours GmbH

August 22nd, 2018

AECO is pleased to welcome Polaris Tours GmbH as an Affiliate member to AECO. Polaris Tours GmbH is a German company founded in 2012. They organize tours and specialize in polar destinations. AECO welcomes the new member and looks forward to a rewarding cooperation  

Welcome to AECO as Affiliate member, CAISSA Tourism Group

August 21st, 2018

AECO is pleased to welcome CAISSA Tourism Group as an Affiliate member to AECO. CAISSA Tourism Group is a Chinese travel agency based in Beijing. They have been organizing trips to the AECO area since 2013. AECO welcomes the new member and looks forward to a rewarding cooperation.      

Welcome to AECO as an Associate Member, Mystic Cruises

August 17th, 2018

AECO is pleased to welcome Mystic Cruises as an Associate Member to AECO. Mystic Cruises is a Portuguese cruise company that owns a newly built vessel, MS World Explorer (to be delivered in November 2018). They are planning on chartering the vessel from 2019, both in Arctic and Antarctic areas. AECO welcomes the new member […]

AECO statement on polar bear incident in Svalbard

July 30th, 2018

Saturday July 28, a polar bear was shot dead in Svalbard after attacking a cruise ship’s polar bear guard. The guard sustained moderate injuries. The incident is being investigated by the Governor of Svalbard. Svalbard, and the high Arctic in general, is a region of the world where wildlife habitats and human settlements overlap. As […]

Longyearbyen launches first community specific tourism guidelines

July 24th, 2018

This month, Longyearbyen became the first Arctic town to launch its own community specific guidelines. The guidelines instruct tourists on how to be considerate visitors and were developed using a template created by the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) and partners.

Welcome to AECO Pro Fuels

July 19th, 2018

AECO is pleased to welcome Pro Fuels as an Affiliate member to AECO. Pro Fuels is a company based in Norway that provides fuel for the maritime industry. AECO welcomes the new member and looks forward to a rewarding cooperation. https://www.pro-fuels.com/

Arctic cruise with less plastic and more beach cleanups

July 9th, 2018

This summer, Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) is working with cruise operators in the field to identify how the expedition cruise industry can drastically reduce the use of disposable plastics on ships. AECO will also continue to engage thousands of cruise passengers in beach cleanups in the Arctic.

Ship to Shore donates to AECO’s Clean Seas efforts

July 2nd, 2018

AECO’s efforts to combat marine plastic pollution get another boost as AECO member Ship to Shore donates USD 3,321 from their 1% for the Planet fund towards Clean Seas education, reduction and cleanups.

AECO in Iceland to discuss sustainable tourism

June 28th, 2018

This week, AECO has been in Iceland to meet with local stakeholders and share experiences from managing environmentally friendly and considerate tourism in the Arctic.