Cape Verdean tourism official advises against building international airport in Santo Antão

9 June 2009

Vila da Ribeira Grande, Cape Verde, 9 June – The director-general for Tourism Development in Cape Verde, Carlos Pires Ferreira, has advised against building an international airport in Santo Antão, if the island should opt for developing quality tourism, according to Cape Verdean news agency Inforpress.

Although he recognised that tourists prefer to travel directly to their final destination, Pires Ferreira said he believed that building an international airport in Santo Antão would only make sense if the island opted for mass tourism.

Opting for sustainable tourism with a high added value, that is, quality, the director general said that the option should be to build a regional airport (aerodrome).

This is because, he said, the future São Vicente international airport would be an alternative for this island, as, he said, the development of Santo Antão was closely related to that of neighbouring São Vicente.

Pires Ferreira, who was speaking at the closure of a meeting to reflect on the creation of tourism body, Sociedade de Desenvolvimento Turistico e Integrado de Santão Antão, held Friday in the town of Ponta do Sol, also called for inviting people from other islands to meetings of this kind in the future. (macauhub)