Archive for «Press releases»

New guidelines for visiting the world’s most northerly community: Ny-Ålesund

July 18th, 2019

New community specific guidelines have been developed for Ny-Ålesund, the world’s most northerly community, in response to increasing visitor numbers. These guidelines created by Kings Bay, which facilitates the international research activities that take place in high Arctic settlement. Ny-Ålesund joins the ranks of Longyearbyen (Svalbard), Seyðisfjörður (Iceland) and Sisimiut (Greenland), three Arctic communities that have also created community specific guidelines using a template developed by the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO).

New posters help educate Arctic cruise passengers

June 18th, 2019

Press release from AECO – Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (for immediate release): The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) has launched new posters to be displayed on expedition cruise vessels sailing in the Arctic. The posters will inform guests about AECO’s guidelines for responsible Arctic tourism. AECO’s members have committed to following […]

New Arctic Vegetation Guidelines

May 31st, 2019

Photo by Tommy Prestø New guidelines have been published outlining information on the variety of Arctic flora and the correct methods of protecting plant life when out in the field, both for the individual, and the group leader.  The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) has released informative guidelines that give an introduction to the vegetation that can be found in Arctic regions. They describe […]

SARex Svalbard – a week of testing Arctic lifesaving appliances

May 24th, 2019

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 […]

Cleanup for Sarah on 16 June

May 22nd, 2019

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 […]

New Clean Seas Guidelines for Visitors to the Arctic

May 2nd, 2019

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. 

AECO signs MOU with Government of Nunavut

April 16th, 2019

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 […]

Have you checked your baggage for alien species?

April 12th, 2019

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.

Arctic search and rescue exercise gathers cruise industry and responders

April 11th, 2019

More than 80 representatives from the Arctic expedition cruise industry, the search and rescue sector and academia participated in the Fourth Joint Arctic Search and Rescue (SAR) Workshop and Tabletop Exercise in Reykjavik this week.

AECO signs declaration to combat illegal wildlife trade

December 10th, 2018

AECO has signed the Travel and Tourism Declaration on Illegal Trade in Wildlife. AECO is an industry association dedicated to managing responsible expedition cruise tourism in the Arctic. On December 7, the Association signed the Buenos Aires Declaration, which states that signatories cannot knowingly facilitate the carriage or sale of illegally traded wildlife products. According […]