Archive for «Press releases»

AECO’s Arctic Cruise Conference donates to Tara Ocean Foundation

October 17th, 2019

This year, participants of the 2019 Arctic Cruise Conference were not only invited to enjoy the traditional Annual Dinner of the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO). Thanks to Silversea Cruises, the dinner was a charitable fundraiser for the Tara Ocean Foundation.

Lufttransport, AECO and the Governor of Svalbard launch heli-rescue training video

October 16th, 2019

The Arctic expedition cruise industry and search and rescue responders are collaborating to enhance preparedness and collaboration. The latest step in this effort is a new video that explains how crew and staff onboard vessels can assist in a helicopter rescue operation.

AECO’s Arctic Cruise Conference brings community engagement to the forefront

October 14th, 2019

The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) is holding its yearly event in Oslo, bringing together leading experts to discuss matters relating to environment, safety and community engagement.

Arctic cruise operators mark World Cleanup Day

September 20th, 2019

Throughout the Arctic cruise season, expedition cruise passengers choose to put away their binoculars and roll up their sleeves to collect litter from Arctic beaches. These volunteer efforts are part of the industry’s efforts to combat marine plastic pollution.

Polar Expedition Leaders Gather for Responsible Tourism Conference

September 18th, 2019

Responsible field leadership on the agenda at third joint conference of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators and Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators.

Optimal Balance – tourism management workshop in Longyearbyen

September 13th, 2019

This week a workshop focusing on a balanced approach to tourism development in Svalbard has taken place in Longyearbyen. The event which was spread over three days has seen many speakers and participants join together to discuss, define and pitch research projects that can help Svalbard find the optimal balance in tourist development.

Cruise tourism brought Svalbard NOK 110 million in earnings in 2018

September 11th, 2019

A new study of the economic impact of cruise tourism in Svalbard shows that expedition and conventional cruise ships made a substantial contribution to the local economy by purchasing goods and services for more than USD 12 million last year.

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 […]