International Polar Tourism Research Network

With the uncertain circumstances we are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have come to the difficult decision that the 7th IPTRN conference will need to be physically postponed. This is congruent with correspondence we have received from the Argentine Government, specifically the Argentine Secretariat of University Policies, who have stated that all mobility activities in the second semester of 2020 will need to be postponed until at least 2021.

We extend our sincere thanks to our colleagues at UNTDF for their hard work and dedication in planning over the past 2 years. We sincerely hope that a physical conference will be possible in Ushuaia in 2021. Furthermore, we will continue to discuss virtual conference options for 2020/2021, and also continue to work with partners in Northern Europe and Alaska as planning takes shape for future IPTRN conferences (2022 and 2024, respectively).

We wish all of those in our polar tourism community continued health and happiness.

IPTRN Steering Committee


The International Polar Tourism Research Network (IPTRN) is a group with a shared interest in research that advances the understanding of tourism in and about the Polar Regions. The IPTRN strives to generate, share and disseminate knowledge, resources and perspectives on polar tourism; and strongly supports the development of international collaboration and cooperative relationships between members.

The creation of the International Polar Tourism Research Network is the idea of a group of polar tourism researchers who met in 2006 at the Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Meeting held that year at Lakehead University, in Thunder Bay. They expressed the pressing need for an interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration in the form of a network. Following another planning meeting in Rovaniemi, Finland, in 2007 the network was formalised with the holding of the first IPTRN conference and community workshop in Kangiqsujuaq, Nunavik, in 2008. Our current Steering Committee will serve until the next meeting in 2020.

Membership in the network includes individuals such as university researchers, consultants, tourism operators, government organizations, community members, and graduate students. The network welcomes new members who recognise, support, and actively participate in the network's mission. Simply email iptrnmail@gmail.com with the subject SUBSCRIBE and include your full name, organisation, and country in the body to join our mailing list.

We have held six conferences to date and our next conference and community tour will be in Ushuaia, Argentina, from November 18th-23rd, 2020. See the teaser video below and visit the conference website for more information.

Please also visit, like, and post polar tourism content to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/IPTRN