Cape Verde creates sustainable tourism code

28 July 2006

Praia, Cape Verde, 28 July – Cape Verde is set to create a Code of Conduct for Sustainable Tourism, due to be presented on September 27, defining objectives for managing resources and competitiveness within the sector, which drives the archipelago’s economy, officials said.

According to the local press, the project, which is being drawn up by the Directorate-General for Tourism Development, was launched Thursday at a meeting with tourism sector players in Praia.

Amongst the aspects to be included are measures for saving and re-using water, management of power resources, use of renewable energy, Waste treatment and optimization of environmental resources.

The project is scheduled to be presented on September 27, which is World Tourism Day.

Cape Verde’s tourism sector has seen strong growth over the last few years, and it is now one of the driving forces behind the country’s economy.

Last year, Cape Verde’s hotels welcomed 233,000 tourists, 26.4 percent more than in the previous year, with Sal Island boosting its position as the main tourist destination, according to figures from Cape Verde’s national statistics institute. (macauhub)

Tourism was also the main focus of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Cape Verde last year, reaching a total of US$250 million. (macauhub)