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posted on 21.04.2022, 03:46 by Hanne Nielsen, Daniela Cajiao, Gabriela Roldan, Andrea Herbert, Leung Yu-Fai, Valentina DinicaValentina Dinica
Antarctica is the most isolated continent on Earth, and ship-based tourism is the main access route for people to visit the place. The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted Antarctic tourism, disrupting both travel to the continent and the management of human activity in Antarctica. Here we present a short overview of (1) the Antarctic tourism status quo during the COVID-19 pandemic and (2) a SWOT analysis of the future challenges and opportunities COVID-19 poses for those operating in such a remote wilderness area. We suggest that the pause in Antarctic tourism caused by the pandemic offers a unique opportunity to consider a more adaptive model of Antarctic tourism management rather than return to business as usual.

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Nielsen, H., Cajiao, D., Roldan, G., Herbert, A., Yu-Fai, L. & Dinica, V. (2022). Is COVID-19 helping or hindering effective management of Antarctic tourism? Polar Perspectives 10, March. https://www.wilsoncenter.org/publication/polar-perspectives-no-10-covid-19-helping-or-hindering-effective-management-antarctic

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Polar Perspectives 10, March

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10/04/2022

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