Tourist numbers in Cape Verde increase 26 pct in 2005

16 May 2006

Praia, Cape Verde, 16 May – Cape Verde’s hotels provided accommodation to 233,548 tourists in 2005, 26.4 percent more than in the previous year, and Sal Island was their main destination, the country’s National Statistics Institute (INE) said.

Figures from a survey on the “Movement of Guests” showed that hotels were the most used facilities, representing 75.9 percent of total visitors to the country, followed by inns, with 9.9 percent and hostels with 5.3 percent.

Sal Island received 69.6 percent of all visitors, Santiago 14.3 percent and Sao Vicente 8.4 percent of the total.

The number of nights stayed increased by 8.1 percent last year to 935,505, of which 75.9 percent were on Sal.

Italian tourist accounted for around 35 percent of nights stayed, while Portugal and Germany represented 25.2 percent and 11.2 percent of the total, respectively.

The average occupation rate last year was 40 percent, with Sal posting the highest rate of 51 percent, and Boa Vista the lowest, at 28 percent.

Also according to INE, last year the number of hotel establishments increased 22 percent to a total of 132.

Sal island had the highest rise, from 24 to 32, followed by Boa Vista, Sao Vicente and Santo Antão, with rises of 7 percent, 5 percent and 3 percent, respectively.

According to the report, the establishments that were majority-owned by private Cape Verdean investors represented 69 percent of the total, while 22 percent were majority-owned by foreign investors. (macauhub)