Commercial tourism to Antarctica dates back to the late 1960s. There has been rapid growth in Antarctic tourism since the late 1980s. Now, there are a wide range of tourist and adventure activities.
Tourism has allowed many people to experience the wonders of Antarctica. Their experiences have led to a greater recognition of the region’s importance.
As more people visit the southern regions, careful management is required. Visitors must avoid wildlife disturbance, vegetation trampling, introduction of non-native species and pollution. Strict guidelines help avoid these adverse impacts.