Japanase travel company cancels Antartica tour due to protest by researchers over safety issues

Posted on April 10, 2012 • Filed under: Antartica, TRAVEL

Travel agency gets cold feet over ‘reckless’ Antarctic tour

A Japanese travel agency has been forced to cancel a tour to Antarctica after protests from researchers that its advertisements are misleading and the trip could endanger the lives of the tourists.

Club Tourism was seeking applicants for the 14-day tour in December, when Antarctica is in summer, and was to have used a charter flight from South Africa to reach the frozen continent.

On the sixth day of the tour, the group had planned to visit Syowa Station, Japan’s Antarctic outpost, for about three hours.

The price was a cool 6.5 million yen ($78,400). Read Article

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