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Falklands’ tourism stats: UK and Argentina provide the most arrivals

Friday, September 27th 2013 - 08:20 UTC
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The Falkland Islands Tourist Board has released statistics from last season and Managing Director Tony Mason explained that the seasonality of tourism in the Falkland Islands is quite significant, with 65.5% (nearly two-thirds) of all arrivals visiting in the first and last three months of the year (Jan-Mar and Oct- Dec) in 2012. Read full article


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  • Conqueror

    Does it really need a comment? 4,234 from the UK. 374 from argieland. And what is the reason for this? Argies can't be bothered. Argies find the “weather” unacceptable. Argies don't have any money. And from the UK? It's a BOT. Citizens and “cousins”. The weather is no problem. Compared to argies, Brits are rich. Fairly easy to see where the “friends” are from. Brits travel 7,500 miles or more. Argies have trouble with 400. Perhaps they are scared of getting on aircraft. I believe the skydiving is optional. But then, so is the parachute!

    Sep 27th, 2013 - 02:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • womble

    Your Comment#1. I think you are actually quite wrong (or the figures are). There were a few cruise ships which each had several hundred Argentine visitors come ashore, so I don't know what the 374 figure refers to. Maybe those which arrived by LAN?

    Certainly a lot more arrive by ship than by air. So, your comments about weather, and fear are wide of the mark. I don't think making derogatory remarks about a substantial group of tourists is exactly helpful to the Falklands economy.

    The stat to be worried about is the 23,000 cruise passenger cancellations. That puts the 4,200 from the UK in perspective.

    And I'm not sure that counting oil workers and trawlermen is all that sensible. They are not tourists. They just happen to be passing through.

    Sep 27th, 2013 - 06:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    “ 374 from argieland”

    This will increase as they want to see how a country is properly managed and take back valuable lessons to teach Argentina how to run a successful economy.

    Sep 27th, 2013 - 10:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    2- perhaps not transitting fishermen by transitting offshore oilworkers spend a LOT of cash in pubs-restaurants-gift shops etc.

    Sep 27th, 2013 - 11:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JuanGabriel

    All the nationality stats are for overnight stays, I don't think they have accurate records for those just having day trips on the cruises.

    Sep 28th, 2013 - 10:44 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • jwolf

    I can't wait to be one of those statistics soon! A buddy of mine and I are planning a flight via the LAN flight in December/January time frame. We're both have a substantial interest in the Falklands war, though I'm more intrigued by the Falkland Islands as a whole. Traveling from Tennessee it will take us close to 3 days with flight time and layovers to get there. I wish there was a direct flight from Miami or something to get there quicker. Unfortunately the Falklands are not really even on the radar screen for most Americans as a tourist destination. You should see the strange looks I get when I tell people it's where I want to go on vacation. They think it's somewhere between the Moon and Mars when I mention it, lol

    Sep 28th, 2013 - 02:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    Article says...:
    In 2012/2013, there were a total of 29,553 cruise passenger visits to the Falkland Islands. Cancellations accounted for a loss of around 23,053 passengers over the season.

    I say...:
    Only 23,053 cancellations?
    We Argies must try harder......

    Sep 29th, 2013 - 01:59 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • womble

    #6 @ jwolf There are flights from Miami, but you probably won't like the price. I think National Geographic fly their cruise passengers in from there a couple of times per year. Also, coming from Tennessee, you may be interested to know that Cajun people from around there were “exiled” after the Louisana Purchase and many moved to French-speaking parts of the world, eg Quebec, and some to St Malo in Normandy. From where they explored the south Atlantic, and set up new homes in Port Louis in Les Malouines (after St Malo), now called Malvinas by some.

    Sep 29th, 2013 - 02:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    Enjoy-like many places in the world you will find a lot in the Islands that will surprise you.

    Even though they claim them , the Argentines seem to be ignorant of what is actually on the Islands.

    Hope you enjoy your trip-hopefully within the next few years I will be able to go back and see how it has changed.

    Sep 29th, 2013 - 02:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Zethee

    “Only 23,053 cancellations?
    We Argies must try harder......”

    You really should. It's been almost 200 years and you have achieved nothing.

    When i say nothing, I literally mean nothing. Nothing has changed.

    You can continue to troll about stock prices and blah blah said this and that. Nothing has changed Think. That is a fact.

    Sep 30th, 2013 - 12:40 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • jwolf

    @8 I think things would be a lot simpler for the Islanders if it were the French they were dealing with over sovereignty issues instead of the warmed-over Spaniards off their coast. The French are annoying. The Argentines seem to all be morons.

    Oct 01st, 2013 - 12:46 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • WhidbeyRich

    The opportunity to spend a day in Port Stanley last November 30th was the highlight of our Seabourn Sojourn cruise from Valparaiso to Buenos Aires. I hope to return for a longer visit some day.

    Oct 01st, 2013 - 01:43 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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