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Tourism in Antartica...

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The tourism industry began in the late 1950s, with Chile and Argentina taking more than 500 fare-paying passengers to the South Shetland Islands. The first expedition to Antarctica with travelers was in 1966.
Since 1970 tourist expeditions have regularly ventured to Antarctica every year.

How did it begin?
Tourism has grown from a few hundred at the beginning of the tourist industry in the 1950s to a total of 37,552 visitors in 2006-07. This includes: seaborne, airborne and land-based tourism.
Activities include sightseeing ship-based cruises, visits to operational scientific stations and historical huts, small boat cruising, visits to wildlife sites and other wilderness sites, hiking, kayaking, mountaineering, camping and scuba-diving. The majority are ship or yacht based and a small proportion land-based in temporary field camps.
What tourist activities are involved?
Which part of Antarctica do tourists visit?

Can tourists visit BAS stations in Antarctica and South Georgia?
BAS welcomes a small number of visits to its stations from IAATO affiliated companies during the Antarctic summer. Small groups are given a guided tour of the facilities, where they have the opportunity to learn about the world class science undertaken by BAS, and the logistics that support it.

All activities in Antarctica are regulated by the Antarctic Treaty and its associated measures.
The industry is largely managed by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), which was founded in 1991, by seven private tour operators who were involved in Antarctic tourism.
Is tourism to the Antarctic regulated?
British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Based in Cambridge, United Kingdom, it has, for over 60 years, undertaken the majority of Britain's scientific research on and around the Antarctic continent.
Antarctic Tourism...
Which part of Antarctica do tourists visit?
Antarctic visits are generally on ice-free coastal zones over the five months, from November to March.

A small number of tourist expedition ships visit the Weddell Sea, the Ross Sea region and East Antarctica, as well as many of the other sub-Antarctic islands . Private expeditions also visit inland sites, including Mt Vinson (Antarctica’s highest mountain) and the geographic South Pole.
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