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By Bernard Stonehouse

This publication attracts realization to the issues and concerns surrounding fast-growing tourism within the hugely delicate desert components of polar areas. The authors, either generally skilled within the practicalities of marine, land and background dependent polar tourism, talk about more often than not polar matters, yet their conclusions and administration suggestions observe both to all environmentally delicate parts in the course of the international.

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Today, highly regulated sport fishing and hunting thrive throughout the region. In coastal communities, charter boat captains familiar with local waters guide sport anglers attracted to salmon, halibut and sea trout. Inland anglers and hunters are transported to camp sites by charter boat or bush plane. As commercial fishing regulations in Arctic waters become more stringent, or commercial fishing is banned altogether, local fishers are using their boats for the sport angling market, providing a living and sustaining a way of life that might otherwise be lost.

2 million passengers travelled to Arctic destinations aboard cruise ships. By 2007, the number had more than doubled. Equally impressive are the increased numbers of destinations, types of vessels serving this market, extended duration of the sailing season and diversity of shore excursion programmes offered by host countries. Examples of this remarkable growth and geographic expansion include the following: . North Pole. Once the most formidable challenge of Arctic exploration, the North Pole is now routinely visited by cruise ships.

Quoted in Mill, 1905: 384Á 385) Turn-of-the-century expeditions from Belgium, Britain, France, Germany and Sweden took up the challenge, and Scotland sent an expedition of its own. Their reports and popular accounts for the first time in many years brought Antarctica into public awareness. However, they told of discomforts and hardships that were unlikely to encourage visits for pleasure or recreation. A further half-century would pass before Antarctic tourism began. For a tourist guide to Antarctica and the southern islands see Rubin (2000).

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