Archive for «Press releases»

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.

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.

New animation video highlights tourist involvement Arctic beach cleanups

February 17th, 2021

A new animation video will motivate travelers to help clean Arctic beaches and reduce their plastic footprint.

Community engagement key to a responsible return to Arctic expedition cruising

February 5th, 2021

Once Arctic coastal communities are ready to welcome tourists again, expedition cruise operators can engage with local communities to plan safe and considerate visits. The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) is working to identify best practices for responsible community engagement in the COVID-19 era.

Arctic search and rescue partners pioneer virtual tabletop exercise

December 14th, 2020

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. 

Maniitsoq and Kangerlussuaq launch tourist guidelines

December 8th, 2020

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.

Arctic expedition cruise industry introduces field staff standards

October 23rd, 2020

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.