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Understanding the Value of Land-based Tourists in the Falkland Islands 2019


Tourism has become an important part of the Falkland Islands’ economy, and accounted for 4.3% of its GDP in 2016, an increase from 3.6% in 2014. Government statistics follow United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) definitions and categorise visitors into leisure, visiting friends and relatives (VFR), business and transit. The 2017 Annual Tourism Report shows that there were 57,496 cruise visitors and 1,884 land-based leisure tourists for the 2017/18 season, both up on the previous year. Cruise ship passengers spent an average of £56.41 whilst on the Islands, amounting to an expenditure of £3.2 million. This report discusses methods for describing and assessing the value of land-based tourists to the Falkland Islands.

This study was undertaken as part of a programme of Natural Capital Assessments (NCAa) in the UK's South Atlantic Overseas Territories implemented by JNCC and conducted by SAERI. Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the UK Government through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF), the work sits under the Environmental Resilience programme which includes objectives to integrate natural capital considerations into economic and social development planning.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2019·02·01

Smith, N. 2019. Understanding the value of land based tourists in the Falkland Islands. Natural Capital in the UK’s Overseas Territories Report Series – Supplementary Report (South Atlantic Region). Contracted report to JNCC.

Contracted report to JNCC as part of the 'Natural Capital in the Caribbean and South Atlantic Overseas Territories: Valuation, Vulnerability and Monitoring Change' project.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC distributor

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Open, cite source of data

Metadata date 2021·01·18

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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