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Business Travellers Boost Tourism Figures

Lodging occupancy levels in Stanley, which might have been expected to suffer from a drop in tourist numbers due to the recession, have been bolstered this season by the arrival of oil contractors, de-miners and other business visitors.  Tourism agency Stanley Services reported that the 2009/10 season went well with passenger numbers some 12% up on the previous season and January particularly busy.  Sally Ellis of International Tours and Travel (ITT), a travel agency based in Stanley, reported that while Britain continues to provide most clients, this season saw an increase in the number of North American visitors, equalling the number of visitors from Europe. After a slight drop in the recent season, ITT is now receiving bookings for the 2010/11 season at 2008/9 season levels, which indicates a return of confidence. (Penguin News)