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Should I stay or should I go?

January 2009

Can a trip to the remote wilderness of Antarctica be sustainable? Why is Antarctica such a desirable holiday location and what risks do these ventures bring?

Should I stay or should I go?

The experience of a lifetime – a holiday to Antarctica.

Yet the rising popularity of "eco-tourist" trips to the Antarctic, fuelled by the so-called "Saga Generation" (wealthy pensioners who are spending their money on adventurous trips) could create an environmental disaster (Telegraph 31/03/08).

As the number of visitors and ships to this region increases, so too does the risk of loss of life or environmental damage, yet these ‘eco-tourists’ still come. How sustainable can a trip to this region be and why are people so keen to visit when the potential damage is so high?

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This article has been written to support the teaching of the tourism section of the IB Geography Globalization Optional Theme (Section B) - Globalization: Tourism

  • Recent changes in the tourist industry: Appreciate the expansion of tourism towards more exotic and remote destinations.
  • Sustainable management of tourism: Appreciate the concept of sustainability and, with reference to two case studies, understand the management strategies adopted to conserve a tourist destination.

Use a study of Antarctica as an example of how the extension of tourism towards increasing exotic locations on the global periphery can cause conflict.

In the Members' area:

  • The journey south and destination Antarctica
  • The Growth of Antarctic Tourism
  • The Conflicts Involved in Antarctic Tourism
  • The Management of Antarctic Tourism
  • IB Geography Exam Style Questions

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