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Falkland Islands distinguished as the “Best Destination for Wildlife and Nature”

Thursday, October 16th 2014 - 07:00 UTC
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The Falkland Islands have been awarded the “Best Destination for Wildlife and Nature” prize by the Travel Agents Choice Awards, an annual event organized by the prestigious tourism industry publication, Selling Travel Magazine. Read full article


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  • The Voice

    The Falklands is a wonderful spot for wildlife. I will never forget my visit. This award says it all.

    Oct 16th, 2014 - 08:47 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    paulie? - waiting for you?

    Oct 16th, 2014 - 09:10 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Voice

    Big Balls is stumpted... :-))) Perhaps they will drag in Think to help him out?

    Oct 16th, 2014 - 10:15 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    Yup- and probably something about alleging it to be “ a minor trashy irrelevant tourist guide that nobody in the Travel Business World reads” - or words to that effect!

    Oct 16th, 2014 - 11:34 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jay Bee

    Congratulations to the Falkland Islands and FITB. You've obviously worked very hard to make sure your beautiful wildlife has been showcased for the word to see. This award is bound to improve your level of tourism business.

    I read one of the Malvinistas on here recently salivating about how the islanders have to import EVERYTHING they need. I'm sure they do import a lot of products but every pound spent on the islands by tourists counts on the 'exports' side of the Falklands books so this is brilliant news. Also they obviously export a lot of seafood.

    So if the islands aren't being subsidised by the UK or anyone else and have a vibrant economy, AND have to import 'everything' could someone please explain to me how they make their money? And don't waste my time by throwing in the current windfalls from oil exploration as a red herring; FIG has made it clear that they aren't factoring that money into their operational budget.

    Oct 16th, 2014 - 11:43 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    Back from some walking and birdwatching in Magallanes.

    Wondering how the Argie nationalists deal with species names like Phoenicopterus chilensis and Turdus falcklandii ... given the significance of bird migration in (CFK) territorial claims.

    Oct 16th, 2014 - 02:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    JayBee - No 1 in the economy is offshore fisheries in the 200mile EEZ - recognized as one of the best mananged in the world. N02 is tourism, No 3 is agriculture.
    Correct to date the economic income from oil exploration is regarded as “windfall” only as we cannot rely on it continuing - until/unless a time decision is made of firm exploitation starting.
    We don't quite import everything- for 7- 8 months of the year the Islands are selfsufficient in salads and some other vegetables.

    Oct 16th, 2014 - 04:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jay Bee

    7 Islander1

    Thanks, that's how I see it but I wasn't sure. So in fact, you have to import a lot of stuff but you can afford to because your exports make more. Some people have difficulty with the concept of what a product is but I have to say that fisheries and tourism are pretty tangible products. So that only leaves one other option; and that is that the Malvinistas were just being cheeky (kind way of saying thoroughly bitterly twisted and jealous) little sods.

    They try to give the impression that importing so much stuff is not sustainable but I'd say it was sustainable for as long as people are prepared to buy Falklands products and with awards like the one in this story being achieved I'd say it will be sustainable for some time yet.

    The other image the cheeky little sods try to portrait is that the UK is propping this up but apart from defence, which is only required because of Argentina, and foreign affairs (provided by the UK for all OTs and CDs) the UK isn't propping anything up for the Falklands.

    Oct 16th, 2014 - 04:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    “ annual event organized by the prestigious tourism industry publication, Selling Travel Magazine.”

    organized by WHO???
    and prestigious?
    it is a small english agency, you nabous.
    and even blackpool is a better tourist destination than the islets.

    finally, a piece of advice: if you want to be a “prestigious” publication, try at least to have a decent website.

    Oct 16th, 2014 - 05:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Englander

    Falkland Islands are beautiful and unspoilt. The locals are welcoming, kind and friendly. Excellent place to spend your hard earned pounds.

    Oct 16th, 2014 - 06:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • M_of_FI


    Ahhh! There he is! It didnt take long for him to crawl out of his hole to berate the Falklands.

    Oct 16th, 2014 - 06:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jay Bee

    9 Paul

    Actually, I think it may have been you that I was talking about in my posts at #5 & #8.

    As for your post at #9: what on earth are you playing at? Apart from being a menacing, distracting troll? If that's not what you're trying to do, let me know and I'd be happy to debate this with you. Most people on here seem to have dumped you as a brainless troll but I am willing to give you the benefit of the doubt if you'd like to discuss this rationally and with facts and figures.

    Let me know but the first time you post something like at #9, you're on your own.

    It's a genuine offer Paul so give it some thought.

    Oct 16th, 2014 - 06:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Leiard

    @9 Pablo

    Why so much hate and venom ?

    Oct 16th, 2014 - 07:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    you want a good tourist destination?
    go to ushuaia then.
    or san martin de los andes, las leñas, valle de la luna, cataratas del iguazú, glaciar perito moreno, etc etc etc.

    how the f*ck the islets could be a better destination than those mentioned above?
    only in a brainwashed mind.

    Oct 16th, 2014 - 07:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Philippe

    Anybody who has seen Volunteer Point knows that there is no other place like that on this earth! Those travel agents have, no doubt, reached an objective and intelligent decision!


    Oct 16th, 2014 - 07:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jay Bee

    I guess that would depend on what you're looking for. The wildlife in the Falkland Islands is located at sites as undisturbed as most people could ever wish to go to without doing somewhere as extremely difficult to reach as South Georgia. You have to remember what the category was that the Falklands won: Wildlife and Nature. I don't believe any of the places you mentioned have the same quality and concentration of wildlife in its unspoilt environment as the Falklands does.

    Sure they may have better roads, bigger hotels and more T-shirt and coffee shops but that wasn't what this award was for.

    Explain to me how each of the destinations you mentioned above have better wildlife and nature destinations than the Falklands.

    Oct 16th, 2014 - 07:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Voice

    Ushuaia! Bahahahaha......... Rain soaked dismal dump with a no hope dimwit population. The RGs have to pay them extra to go there. Drive through the beaver damaged remains of trees in the swampy landscape to gaze on beautiful Chile, or take a ship to the hauntingly beautiful Falkland Islands. Anywhere but Ushuaia

    Oct 16th, 2014 - 08:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anbar

    “”“”“”you want a good tourist destination?
    go to ushuaia then.“”“”

    too many spanish squatters there.... if they all got evicted back to spain and it was handed back to the British who founded it, then maybe...or even better the indigenes...

    Oct 16th, 2014 - 09:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    JayBee-8 - Not onl;y is defence the only think UK pays for- but 80% of all our imports in materials come from UK- = British exports. 75% of our contracted specialists like doctors-teachers=agronomists etc etc ( we have some who are local and went and qualified and returned but not enough) also come from UK = money going into UK economy in what they save and bank back in Uk etc etc.
    And the cost of defence is really not much more than the ships and planes to get people and their stores and equipment up and down the Atlantic - if they were not here they would just be elsewhere within the Br Forces , there would not be less troops on the roll.
    Plus a 1st class live fire training place - stacks of wild space and no people who complain - all 3 services can do joint exercises with live ammunitions etc, not easy to do in overpopulated Europe. Which is why we are shortly to have more Army here but for just a few weeks at a time rotating through doing live training as the numbers in Afghan fall and they need to go somewhere to train.
    Hence overall all UK Govts are relatively happy with the overall totals of figures I think.

    Oct 16th, 2014 - 10:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    ushuaia founded by the british??

    and how dare you compare the argentine tierra del fuego with the chilean?
    clearly you lot never left porto stanley in your whole life.

    Oct 16th, 2014 - 11:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @20 I suspect you have never been to Ushuaia. I have. I was lucky to experience a few rain-free days, which is rare, and I took some spectacular photographs of the scenery. Pretty much everything you see from Ushuaia by way of incredible scenery is Chile. Surely you know that.

    As I have posted before, the town of Ushuaia is pretty grim.

    But what a very childish post you made @14. Jealous. Jealous. Jealous.

    Oct 16th, 2014 - 11:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jay Bee

    Well Paul, I guess you don't want to take me up on my offer. Easier just to sling obscenities and abuse than check facts and figures huh? I know, don't worry.

    The most important thing is that the Union flag continues to fly over Stanley and anyone who wants to see the best wildlife and nature destination in the world can do it safe in the knowledge that they are on British soil. No burning tyres and pick pockets to negotiate.

    Oct 17th, 2014 - 12:02 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    Jay Bee

    I see what you mean - El Niño wasn't up to the task at all.

    Sad, frustrated stable boy, that's him.


    Oct 17th, 2014 - 01:07 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    as i said before, i think you have never left porto stanley.
    and luckily i go to cerro castor 1 week every year.

    if you ever go to ushuaia try to stay in los cauquenes.
    so we will see what your opinion is after that.

    Oct 17th, 2014 - 01:36 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    Paul - Yes Ushuaia was indeed founded by the British - with permission of the Buenos Aires Govt - the first settlers living and working in TDF were also of British origen - and they came from the Falkland Islands.

    Oct 17th, 2014 - 01:56 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    it was founded by augusto lasserre

    Oct 17th, 2014 - 02:41 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    You are right that I have never left Port Stanley; I have never been there. I live in England! I have told you a number of times but you seem unable to retain that simple fact.

    Ushuaia I have been to.

    Oct 17th, 2014 - 02:49 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    Paulcedron- Yes he “officially” founded it 12th October 1884 - But-The name Ushuaia was given some 20 years before by the early British Missionaries using the Yamana tribe name - read “Uttermost Part of the Earth” 1948 written by the bridges family who were the first people of European descent to settle and live on the beagle Channel - their descendents still farm at Est Harberton down the channel from Ushuaia and over inland at Viamonte near Rio Grande.
    Br missionary Waite Sterling was the first of European descent to liver in Ushuaia when he stayed there with the Yamana people in the 1869. In 1870 more Br Missionaries arrived to form a small settlement, the first European descent person born there was a Brit- Thomas Bridges in 1872. The first house constructed in Ushuaia was prefabricated in the Falklands and shipped there in sections in 1870
    1873 the first 2 Argentines arrived to teach at school. But it was only after your Boundary dispute with Chile was settled that formal ASrg effeorts got underway to establish the township - on 12th October 1884 by Commodore Augosto Lasserre as you state.

    So-Yes Arg did finally formally establish Ushuaia as you said in 1884 - but nearly 20 year after the first Brits had arrived on the scene and started to settle there.

    By the way - by the time Ushuaia as capital of TDF was formally established by Argentina- Stanley had already been the capital of the Falklands for nearly half a century!

    Oct 17th, 2014 - 03:12 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Voice

    Interesting article about the Welsh in Chubut....

    Oct 17th, 2014 - 11:03 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jay Bee

    19 Islander1

    Thanks for your post and good luck with it all. The UK is behind you.

    23 Troy

    I didn't think he'd have the resources with which to give it a go but I wanted to make sure he had the opportunity.

    When you think about it. The award was a “travel agents choice.” I have some experience in the travel and tourism sector; not a lot but some. If I am recommending and selling a product to clients I am not going to take big risks. For example, even if Ushuaia had striated caracaras that could speak five languages and use slide rules, I wouldn't happily send my clients there knowing that they could end up caught up in a tyre burning anti-British rally.

    Oct 17th, 2014 - 05:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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