Small Cruise Growth Predicted in Spite of Global Economic Downturn
Despite the global economic downturn, some growth in cruise tourism is likely for next year, the Falkland Islands Tourist Board (FITB) has predicted. Cruise tourism to the Falklands has been growing at an average annual rate of 13.9 percent since 2000, however next season it is predicted that only a 1 percent increase will be achieved. According to Jake Downing, General Manager of FITB, the cruise industry is facing challenges such as operating costs at ports, fuel restrictions in Antarctica and other regional issues. However despite these challenges FITB is still focussing on small growth for the 2009/10 season.