for Cruise Research
centre for research and for
Rebecca J. and Debbie Summers. "Falkland
Islands Cruise Ship Tourism: An
Overview of the 1999-2000 Season and the Way Forward," Aquatic
Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 2002, 12:1
tourism is evolving at an increasing
pace. A record number of
passengers, 23 497, visited the Islands
the 1999-2000 season. This rise was due to an
increase in both the frequency of vessel visits and the average
capacity of vessels, with the number of luxury cruise ships of >1000
passengers steadily increasing. The Falklands'
industry is made up of three types of vessel:
the expedition cruise vessels (ca. 100-200 passengers); larger cruise
(ca. 400 passengers), and the luxury cruise vessels (ca. 1000
passengers). The cruise ship
industry has seen a diversification within the market, with cruises now
available to a wider audience thus increasing the need for new
landing sites. A similar diversification is being seen within the Islands
themselves as the capacity to take larger
vessels at remote sites is being developed.
Whilst the expedition cruise vessels
visiting the Islands are operating to
as members of the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators
vessels with 400+ passengers may not become members of IAATO, due to
III of the organization's Bylaws which limits the number of passengers.
larger capacity vessels are therefore not subject to the same
guidelines. The implications of increasing passenger numbers in the
discussed with regard to pressures on both the wildlife and vegetation.
study outlines the need for an island-wide approach and a legislative
to ensure high standards of operation are adhered to within the Islands
from all visiting vessels and that accurate
information is provided to all visitors along with a suitable code of
The collection, collation and analysis of visitor data to identify
implement appropriate management strategies, and further research into
potential impacts of tourism on wil dlife in the Falklands
are also recommended.