Wednesday, 20 August 2014

UK visitors favour the Falklands as islands forecast growth in cruise arrivals

The Falkland Islands is looking forward to another good year for tourism according to the latest figures released by the Falkland Islands Tourist Board (FITB), with inbound tourist arrivals set to grow by 18.7 percent in 2014 to over 5,600 visitors and cruise passenger arrivals forecast to reach over 34,000.

Overall visitor arrivals (including inbound tourists, cruise passengers and domestic tourists) are expected to total almost 59,000, spending over £9.1 million. The total number of UK visitors (land based) is expected to top 3,000 in 2014, up 20 percent on last year.

Preliminary figures for the first half of 2014 (January to June) show the islands have already welcomed around 3,000 land based tourist arrivals, up by over 15 percent year on year.

Norwegian Cruise Lines will be returning to the Falkland Islands in December 2015. The 14-day voyage on board the Norwegian Sun will include a stop off in Stanley in the Falklands as well as Puerto Montt, Chile; Puerto Chacabuco, Chile; Punta Arenas, Chile; Ushuaia, Argentina; Puerto Madryn, Argentina; and Montevideo, Uruguay. Guests on board will also enjoy a scenic cruise through the Chilean Fjords, Strait of Magellan and around Cape Horn.

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