Antarctic Tourism Predicted to Increase in 2012 & 2013

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The International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO) are expecting to see a massive increase in Antarctic tourism in 2012 (and in subsequent years) as travelers begin to venture out to the icy continent.

According to IAATO, during the 2011-2012 holiday season their tour operators carried 26,519 passengers to the Antarctica. They estimate that this year (i.e. the 2012-2013 season) this number will increase to nearly 35,000.

Since the 2007-2008 season, Antarctic tourism has been in decline, so this is welcome news for many. For this decline, the global economic crisis is often blamed, as is the fact that ships that use heavy fuel oils are banned from entering the area.

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This reduction in tourism hasn’t been all bad, however, as tourists have been able to visit the Antarctic for bargain prices as several high-profile tour operators have been offering massive discounts in a bid to fill up their cruise ships.

Unfortunately, with Antarctic tourism back on the rise, it seems that this golden age of bargains might be over (for the time being), so if you’d planned on visiting this frozen continent and you’ve found a nice bargain, now is the time to grab it!


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