The Falkland Islands and South Atlantic


The first expedition ship 'Lindblad Explorer' arrived in the islands in 1968. Tourism in the Falklands is now the second largest industry in the islands. Visitors from all over the world are attracted by the islands unique and tame wildlife and unspoilt environment. The islands are a port of call for the growing market of cruise ships to Antarctica and elsewhere in the South Atlantic. The bulk of visitors arrive on cruise ships and expedition vessels but some arrive by air which makes a longer visit possible. Other 'tourist' revenues include spending by business visitors, military personnel and pilgrims to the war graves of both British and Argentine soldiers who died during the 1982 Falklands war.
Domestic tourism too is increasing with islanders taking advantage of visiting outlying wildlife and beauty areas. Leisure flights on FIGAS  are increasing steadily,  taking passengers to outlying islands and camp destinations for a quick visit.
The increasing popularity of the islands as a tourist destination saw a record breaking year in 2019 with 92,256 visitors. The total contribution to the Falkland Islands economy was almost  £18.6 million.  As with other countries, the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020/21 has currently paused all visitors to the islands.

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Sources include: Sources include: Tourism Statistics Report 2019- Falkland Islands Tourist Board
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