At a meeting organized by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and the Fuegian Institute of Tourism, an announcement was made on a collaboration between the Antarctic cruise industry and the Argentine government.
It lays an emphasis on the future growth of Antarctic tourism and the corresponding needs of the city of Ushuaia, which serves as an important gateway to Antarctica for the industry.
The Argentine authorities highlighted initiatives that will improve infrastructure and reduce operational costs, including fuel. They also assured IAATO Operators that building works to extend the pier at the Port of Ushuaia will cause minimal disruption to vessel operations.
Raúl Enrique Gallo, Project Director Antarctic Cruises of the General Ports Administration, affirmed the government’s commitment to continuing discussions with IAATO about the development of tourism infrastructure in Ushuaia, proposing to meet with IAATO representatives on a monthly basis between November 2017 and May 2018.
Terry Shaller from Ponant and Chair of Executive Committee, IAATO, said, “This level of engagement from the national government has given IAATO much optimism for the future. Working together will enable us to promote sustainable growth in the area for the benefit of the local economy and community, travellers, our members and the environment.”