Praia, Cape Verde, 8 Mar – Cape Verde’s hotel network grew 9.5 percent in 2009 to a total of 173 establishments offering 6,367 rooms, 11,720 beds and 14,096 places, the country’s National Statistics Institute (INE) announced in Praia.
Santiago Island, where the capital Praia is located, has the most establishments for tourists, with 22 percent of the total (38 establishments), followed by Sal (35), Sao Vicente (28) and Santo Antao (23).
Regarding lodging type, the biggest increase was in residential, with seven more establishments compared to 2008.
Hotels continue to lead, accounting for nearly 70.2 percent of rooms, followed by boarding-houses with 9.0 percent, while the remainder is divided by various types of accommodation.
The INE survey also shows that establishments with a majority participation of national private capital are still the majority, with nearly 69.9 percent of the total.
As for personnel, at the end of 2009 the surveyed hotel establishments employed 4,120 people, 1.0 percent more than in the year 2008.
Hotels continued to employ the most number of people, accounting for 73.3 percent of the total, followed by boarding-houses (8.6 percent) and tourist villages (7.7 percent).