A Door to the Ice?: The Significance of the Antarctic Gateway Cities Today

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Antarctic gateway cities facilitate the access to Antarctica for most of the governmental and non- governmental activities taken place below 60o South. Antarctic operators choose the best suited Antarctic gateway city based on their reputation, geographic position, infrastructure and expertise in Antarctic logistics. A strong set of policies, economic investment and place promotion take place in positioning a city with the highly sought-after brand Antarctica. In this article, I discuss the concept of a gateway city beyond the function of an entry and exit door. I propose a role further than the Antarctic business in offer. As concern grows over the rise of human activities in Antarctica and its potential environmental risks, the Antarctic gateway cities could hold a form of authority to monitor, assess and enforce Antarctic legislation on all subjects traveling to Antarctica despite the nature of their travels.

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