IAATO members must demonstrate their dedication to visiting Antarctica safely and responsibly, ensuring minimal impact on the natural environment.
MUMBAI, INDIA – UnWild Planet, an Indian bespoke luxury travel company, announce that it has become the first and only Indian travel company to be an associate member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO). IAATO is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 to advocate, promote and practice safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to Antarctica. It operates within the Antarctic Treaty Systems that governs activities and protects the environment in Antarctica.
“We are honored to be recognized by IAATO for our commitment to sustainable and responsible travel,” said Mr. Rohan Prakash, CEO of UnWild Planet. “For us, travel is not just a business; it’s a way to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of our world. By becoming a member of IAATO, we are committing to protect the fragile ecosystems of Antarctica.”
IAATO membership is a rigorous process that requires companies to demonstrate a commitment to sustainability and responsible tourism practices. With only 107 members worldwide, UnWild Planet’s association with IAATO reflects the company’s commitment to Rethink Travel through its dedication to promoting sustainable tourism practices and protecting the environment over and above its commitment to providing clients with unforgettable travel experiences.
IAATO members must demonstrate their dedication to visiting Antarctica safely and responsibly, ensuring minimal impact on the natural environment. They follow various protocols such as having a skilled and experienced staff and crew, maintaining a safe distance from wildlife, and disposing of waste materials appropriately. Additionally, IAATO members possess the necessary expertise and a contingency plan to deal with any unexpected situations that may arise.
As an associate member of IAATO, UnWild Planet will continue to lead the way in sustainable travel and work with other companies in the industry to promote responsible tourism practices worldwide. The company recently chartered an entire ship for Indian travelers to visit Antarctica with all the requisite protocols in place as mandated by IAATO. The company’s mission was to make each of the participants return home as ambassadors for Antarctica, advocating in their own capacity ways and means to protect this fragile continent.
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