No. of Cape Verde visitors rises 8.6 pct in first half 2005

25 January 2006

Praia, Cape Verde, 25 Jan – Cape Verde welcomed 92,000 tourists to its shores in the first half of 2005, specifically from Italy, Portugal and Germany, 8.6 percent more than in the same period of 2004, the archipelago’s national statistics institute (INE) said Wednesday.

According to INE, in the first half of last year March was the month with the highest number of tourists, representing 19.6 percent of total visits, followed by January which accounted for 18.1 percent.

Almost 67 percent of total visits were to Sal Island, 15.4 percent were to Santiago and 9.7 percent to São Vicente.

Tourists from Italy, Portugal and Germany accounted for 95 percent of the 162,388 overnight stays recorded in the period.

Tourism is currently Cape Verde’s principal economic activity and has increased its weighting within the economy.

In a recent report on the archipelago’s economy, the World Bank said that the tourism sector was the one with most potential for developing the country. (macauhub)