Antarc­tica tourism boom needs ur­gent reg­u­la­tion

The Star Malaysia - - World -

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

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