Non-government expeditions visit Antarctica on a regular basis. These include tourist ships.

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.