Membership types

Membership types
Benefits Royal Penguin King Penguin Emperor Penguin*
Special member prices for LT&C arrangements (seminars, courses, tours etc.) Yes Yes Yes
Access to studies, reports with models and methods, and research projects (all electronically) Yes Yes Yes
Access to list/database of member CVs/bios Yes Yes Yes
Access to vacant positions in member companies, organisations and institutions with links Yes Yes Yes
Participate in LT&C’s task forces and staff No Yes Yes
Voting rights on the annual LT&C meeting No Yes Yes
Access to LT&C management and board members for guidance and assistance for defined and agreed tasks No No Yes
Membership fee (annually): 50 EUR /            60 USD 200 EUR /          240 USD 2000 EUR or 2400 USD*
Discount towards next years membership fee for every new member recruited in this category - 40 EUR / 50 USD 40 EUR / 50 USD

* Individuals or companies have the option to become a lifetime Emperor Penguin member for a one-time contribution of 2000 EUR or 2400 USD.

Membership fees are paid through international bank transfer to the following account

Bank details:
Cultura Sparebank
Pb. 6800, St. Olavs plass
N-0130 Oslo

Name: Linking Tourism & Conservation,
Account no.: 1254 05 95168
IBAN: NO8712540595168

Please mark payments with your last name or as described in the welcome email sent to you after having completed the sign-up form.


For students, engaging within their university studies in topics and activities related to the mission of LT&C, we have introduced the membership category of a Rockhopper Penguin. Until they have finished their study, have a paid job and may transit to another penguin they are freed from a membership fee. However, they have to meet special criteria and should apply to the head of the LT&C Training and Education Working Group, Sven Åke Bjørke. After they have got approval they also need to register on the sign-up form, and then will be activated as a penguin on our world map with the same privileges as our Royal Penguins.


Why does LT&C use the image of Penguins for membership?

The film entitled “The March of the Penguins” demonstrates how penguins embark on a nearly impossible journey but are successful every year. Our journey of Linking Tourism & Conservation has its own challenges, we can only tackle if we are marching together with many likeminded, experienced, skillful, goal-oriented, impact-driven, patient, social and tough members. If you can relate to at least some of these qualities and want to join this journey and mission! You may relate to one of the four similar colored (all have yellow in addition to their black and white), but different sized penguin species, which we utilize for our different membership categories as follows:

Royal Penguin, Photo: Jocelyn Millet

Royal Penguin, Photo: Jocelyn Millet

The Royal Penguin

is the smallest and breeds only on Macquarie Island in the southwest Pacific Ocean, approximately half-way between New Zealand and Antarctica. The species and the island serve as a conservation success story. In previous centuries most of the larger mammals and birds on the island were depleted by sealers and hunters, and pest species like rats were introduced. The island today is well protected and since 1997 is a World Heritage Site and since 2014 it has been declared as pest-species-free area. Today, the Royal Penguin numbers have climbed back to 850,000 pairs.


King Penguin. Photo: Peter Prokosch

The King Penguin 

is is 70-100cm in size and is the middle-sized of the three species. It breeds on several subantarctic islands, with a total and increasing population of an estimated 2.23 million pairs. On South Georgia, one of the important breeding sites of King Penguins, our Board member Denise Landau with her engagement in the South Georgia Heritage Trust is contributing to a clear LT&C example. Through the support of sustainable tourism, the conservation status is significantly improving and populations of formerly depleted mammal and bird populations are recovering.

Emperor Penguins. Photo: Dick Filby

Emperor Penguins. Photo: Dick Filby

The Emperor Penguin

is 120 cm in size and are the largest species. The total population of approximately 600,000 pairs that are breeding on the inland ice of Antarctica is symbolic for the pristine wilderness of this entire continent. The Antarctic Treaty regulations are understood as the largest protected area on earth. Tourism is contributing further to the conservation status of Antarctica and will be strengthened and forever sustained.

The Emperor Penguin got most famous through the film “The March of the Penguins”. They stay for the highest membership category in LT&C, including our founding members.


Rockhopper Penguin. Photo: Peter Prokosch

The Rockhopper Penguin

The Rockhopper Penguin symbolize LT&C’s student members, who are actively engaged in their studies or thesis in a topic related to LT&C’s mission. – Rockhopper penguins are one of the smallest species of penguin in the world. They range from 2.3-2.7 kg where males are larger than females. They breed on the islands of Gough and Tristan de Cunha in the Atlantic Ocean and St. Paul and Manchester in the Indian Ocean. Further around the Cape Horn of South America, the Falklands Island in the southern Atlantic Ocean, and Prince Edward, Marion, Crozet, Kerguelen, Heard, Macquarie, Campbell, Auckland and Antipodes Islands in the southern Indian Ocean, and on Campbell Island in New Zealand. Due to the harsh rocky environment, they cannot slide on their bellies like most penguins, so they hope to get from one place to another (maybe symbolic to the challenges our students have…).


For all penguins the fearless behaviour they demonstrate to humans, along with our relationship to them, symbolize that harmony and interdependence between people and nature is not only possible but also critical for all of our survival! Many examples exist were tourism has supported the better protection of penguins and their habitats. The penguins and their stories should inspire you to become one of the penguin LT&C members. Your membership involvement and increasing the dissemination of LT&C examples have positive impacts on both humans and nature.

The penguin is a symbolic icon for our membership categories and does not mean that we are Antarctic-biased. LT&C engages globally, and we hope that you will join us on our journey!