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Strategic management and regulation of Antarctic tourism


Jabour, J, Strategic management and regulation of Antarctic tourism, Antarctic Futures: Human Engagement with the Antarctic Environment, Springer, T Tin, PT Maher, D Liggett, M Lamers (ed), Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp. 273-286. ISBN 978-94-007-6581-8 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-94-007-6582-5_12


Antarctic tourism is mainly ship-based and managed on a day-to-day basis by the industry using guidelines for behaviour designed specifically for tourist sites. Regulation comes mainly from international shipping law. There are increasing concerns about climate change, shipping accidents and growing tourist numbers, prompting calls for stricter governance to manage growth and risk. The Antarctic Treaty Consultative Parties collaborate with expert organisations to govern tourism but there are still regulatory lacunae that need attention. Initiatives such as a ban on heavier fuel oils in the Antarctic Treaty area and the imposition of a mandatory shipping code will slowly fill that gap. But a new suggestion is offered here to tighten regulation even further: the adoption of sponsoring states for tourism operators from among Antarctic Treaty Consultative Parties. This scheme will introduce a strict element of environmental liability for tourist activities, with greater enforceability.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Antarctic tourism, management and regulation of Antarctic tourism, mandatory shipping code, sponsoring states, tourism growth
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Tourism
Research Field:Tourism management
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental education and awareness
UTAS Author:Jabour, J (Dr Julia Jabour)
ID Code:99340
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2015-03-20
Last Modified:2017-12-14

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