By Bernard Stonehouse
This publication attracts cognizance to the issues and matters surrounding fast-growing tourism within the hugely delicate wasteland parts of polar areas. The authors, either greatly skilled within the practicalities of marine, land and historical past established polar tourism, speak about almost always polar concerns, yet their conclusions and administration ideas practice both to all environmentally delicate parts through the global.
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The ‘Lindblad pattern’ (Stonehouse & Crosbie, 1995: 221Á 222) operates best with groups of up to 140 passengers, guided ashore and afloat by staff with Antarctic field experience. Each voyage becomes an ‘expedition’ with lectures, briefings and shore landings. Passengers are particularly briefed on behaviour ashore, including possible dangers, and the need to avoid interference with flora, fauna and scientific research projects. Issued with bright-red padded jackets to ensure that (a) they are adequately dressed and (b) can be seen from a distance, they are landed in parties of 10Á 14, up to a total of 100 ashore at a time.
Evenings are usually occupied by 48 Polar Tourism: An Environmental Perspective ‘recap’ sessions to discuss the day’s activities. Stonehouse and Crosbie comment: This pattern of shipboard education, linked with guidelines that require visitors to avoid walking on vegetation, disturbing nesting birds and leaving litter, has recommended itself strongly to the kinds of tourists who have so far made up the majority in Antarctica. Many claim that they would avoid tours that did not feature similar levels of concern.
The main attractions are the beauty and solace of immense wilderness areas, and seasonally abundant wildlife, including massive migrations of birds and mammals that can be predicted with nearcertainty. Birding, wildlife and nature photography, backpacking and wilderness trekking, kayaking and river rafting are some of the most popular activities. Seasons do not limit the attractions: cross-country skiing, snow shoeing and dog sledding are some of the recreational activities avidly pursued in winter.