Antarctica keeps attracting visitors — and it may be ‘last-chance tourism’

Antarctica keeps attracting visitors — and it may be ‘last-chance tourism’

Tourists are known to flock to New York, London and Paris for vacation getaways. But it seems travellers are increasingly taking a trip less taken — to Antarctica.Story continues belowAntarctica, or the South Pole of Earth, is the coldest continent and temperatures often drop below -73 degrees Celsius. And while photos often show snow and ice covering its sprawling landscapes, it is a desert where very little snow and rain falls.READ MORE: Emperor penguins in Antarctica take unintentional ‘selfie’But the extreme cold isn’t enough to stop tourists from making the long trip to the continent. The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), an organization jointly run by 100 travel organizations around the world, carefully tracks and regulates visits to Antarctica.WATCH: Hidden colony of 1.5 million penguins discovered on Antarctica’s Danger Islands