Latest data released by the Falkland Islands Tourist Board (FITB) indicates that the Islands are on track for a successful year with increased visitor numbers and a significant rise in the average spend per trip.
According to the latest edition of ‘Falklands Forecast’, figures released from the second quarter (April to June) 2012 show a surge in arrivals year on year, with a positive outlook for the remainder of the year and looking ahead to 2015. Tourist arrivals from the UK grew considerably by 32% to 1,007 in Q2 compared to the same period last year, although the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War provided a major stimulus for the period.
Inbound tourist arrivals to the Falkland Islands are expected to increase by 14.6% this year to just over 7,600 (overnight, excluding cruise arrivals), whilst tourist expenditure is expected to rise by over 21% to £6.3 million.
Looking ahead, over 8,000 tourist arrivals are predicted for 2015, 4,500 of which are expected to come from the UK.
Cruise passenger arrivals are forecast to remain unchanged for the 2012/13 season, totalling around 35,000 day visitors, with a total expenditure of over £1.8 million, up 3% on 2011. The tide is set to turn with the number of cruise passenger arrivals predicted to rise to over 40,000 by 2014/15.
Overall visitor arrivals in 2012 by inbound overnight tourists, cruise passengers and domestic tourists are expected to total over 57,000, spending over £9.3 million.
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