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Argentine bullying tactics are despicable says Falklands MLA Summers

Wednesday, December 5th 2012 - 20:33 UTC
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The Seven Seas Mariner and Regatta were due on early February The Seven Seas Mariner and Regatta were due on early February

The Argentine Government’s acts of intimidation towards cruise companies which have planned to visit the Falkland Islands continues to impact on the Islands tourism industry with a further two ships cancelling their February visits on Wednesday.

The ‘Seven Seas Mariner’ and ‘Regatta’ were due to visit on February 8 and 9 respectively, but have on Wednesday cancelled, citing their reason as the action the Argentine Government is taking against vessels including the Falkland Islands on their itineraries.

Sulivan Shipping is agent for the vessels owned by Prestige Cruise Holdings. The Seven Seas carries 700 passengers and the Regatta 600 representing a significant loss of monies to those who rely on tourism to boost their income throughout the season.

Tourist Board Chairman Assembly Member Mike Summers said the news that the Prestige Cruise group had, “caved in to Argentine pressure,” was extremely disappointing, and demonstrated, “a disturbing lack of backbone by the company officials involved.”

MLA Summers said a number of small Falklands businesses would be directly affected, although the Falklands economy generally would not notice the difference.

“This type of bullying by a large aggressive neighbour against a small innocent community is despicable, and deserves to attract worldwide condemnation,” he declared.

Sharon Jaffray – MercoPress - Stanley

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  • Think

    Whiners......................

    Dec 05th, 2012 - 08:37 pm 0
  • Shed-time

    Any action of an Argentine is typically despicable. It would be a surprise if they did something once that was socially acceptable, however small.

    Dec 05th, 2012 - 08:38 pm 0
  • Think

    Yet another whiner....

    Dec 05th, 2012 - 08:39 pm 0
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