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Independent expeditions and Antarctic tourism policy


Murray, C and Jabour, JA, Independent expeditions and Antarctic tourism policy, Polar Record, 40, (215) pp. 309-317. ISSN 0032-2474 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0032247404003791


Discussions about the management of non-governmental activities in Antarctica have been handicapped by a lack of clarity in terminology. The term 'tourism,' for example, is used in a catch-all manner to describe activities as widely divergent and incommensurable as overflights by commercial jetliners and solo ski traverses of the ice cap. Recent debate about stricter regulation of independent expeditions has been similarly confused. This paper examines these definitional hurdles and offers abroad categorization of activities in Antarctica. An overview of recent independent expeditions is then given and issues are discussed. It is suggested that, to date, the terms of the debate have been set by the most powerful vested interests in Antarctica and that the discussion itself has been polarized. The paper does not prescribe policy but indicates alternative points of view and argues that the strict regulatory approach increasingly favoured by some national programs is out of all proportion to the size of potential problems and could diminish traditions of cooperation, non-proprietorship, and the adventurous spirit, which have uniquely characterized human endeavour in Antarctica.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Public policy
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Tourism services
Objective Field:Socio-cultural issues in tourism
UTAS Author:Murray, C (Dr Ian Murray)
UTAS Author:Jabour, JA (Dr Julia Jabour)
ID Code:31668
Year Published:2004
Web of Science® Times Cited:18
Deposited By:IASOS
Deposited On:2004-08-01
Last Modified:2005-06-06

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