Antarctica tourism boom needs urgent regulation
BUENOS AIRES: Tourism regulation in Antarctica has become an urgent matter due to environmental threats, officials from the 53 member countries of the Antarctic Treaty warned at their annual meeting here.
In the absence of rules, travel agencies offer trips to the region on boats sometimes equipped with helicopters or submarines, according to Segolene Royal, French ambassador for the Arctic and Antarctic poles.
“This activity creates considerable disturbance ... we are witnessing a race toward large-scale tourism that is dangerous for ecosystems,” she said at the assembly.
During the austral summer of 2016 to 2017, around 44,000 tourists set off for Antarctica. — AFP