Sao Tome and Principe: Number of tourists visiting archipelago falls in 2007

7 May 2008

Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe, 7 May – Sao Tome and Principe was visited by 7,440 tourists in 2007, which was 18 percent fewer than in 2006, the directorate-general for tourism told macauhub Tuesday.

According to figures from the directorate, Portugal headed the list of tourists in 2007, with 2,953 as compared with the 4,421 tourists that visited the archipelago in 2006, which represented a fall of 33 percent year on year.

Portugal was followed by Angola, which accounted for 1,057 visitors, France with 742 visitors and Nigeria with 410 tourists, with almost all nationalities seeing a fall in numbers as compared with 2006.

Sources from the Sao Tome and Principe tourism directorate told macauhub that the fall in number of visitors had mainly been due to cancellations by tourist agencies and the suspension of direct flights to Europe from the archipelago.

Sao Tome and Principe currently only has one flight per week to Europe, which is operated by TAP-Air Portugal, following the end of operations by Portugal’s Air Luxor, as well as the stoppage of STP-Airways. (macauhub)