The IPTRN holds a biennial meeting somewhere in or around the polar regions. Our preferred rotation is from Eurasia to North America to the Antarctic region. Attendance at our meetings includes university researchers, consultants, tourism operators, government organizations, community members, and graduate students dedicated to analysing tourism in Arctic and Antarctic settings. 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.
Six conferences have already been held, usually involving community workshops where participants’ insights are brought to bear on local tourism issues. Each conference has an academic publication associated with it - listed on our IPTRN Publications page. The first six conferences were:
2018: 6th IPTRN conference and community tour - Whitehorse/Dawson City, Canada
2016: 5th IPTRN conference and community workshop - Akureyri/Raufarhöfn, Iceland
2014: 4th IPTRN conference – Christchurch/Akaroa, New Zealand
2012: 3rd IPTRN conference and community workshop - Nain, Canada
2010: 2nd IPTRN conference - Abisko, Sweden
2008: 1st IPTRN conference and community workshop - Kangiqsujuaq, Canada