Effectiveness of accreditation as a tool for the regulation of mainstream Antarctic tourism
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree LevelPostgraduate Certificate
Degree NamePostgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies
Minimisation of cumulative impact resulting from tourism activities in Antarctica is a key issue and currently subject of debate. This paper assesses the strategic and mechanistic components of various accreditation scenarios to determine the effectiveness of accreditation as a tool for the regulation of mainstream Antarctic tourism. Perspectives of stakeholders from government, National Antarctic Programmes, non-governmental organisations, and tour operators are presented in balanced discussion. This study concludes that the most effective scenario describes the implementation of a voluntary accreditation scheme, strongly endorsed by the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) and managed by IAATO.