The Cape Verde Tourism Fair will be held every year in the city of Santa Maria on Sal Island, the Minister for Tourism, Humberto Brito said Saturday during the opening ceremony of the 2012 edition of the Fair, the Cape Verdean press reported.
The minister said that the decision was intended to increase the number of visitors to Sal Island in low season and, from there, lead tourists to visit other parts of the archipelago.
Expotur, which was increased from two to four days this year, is due in the future to become a week-long event, “so that visitors can have time to visit other destinations and discover the cultural diversity and tourist and investment potential of all the islands.”
Expotur 2012 has 46 stands for 36 companies, which are exhibiting their tourism products and investment opportunities in Cape Verde at the Santa Maria Municipal Market.
The four-day event brings together companies from the tourist sector, tourist agents, and national and international investors.
The Cape Verdean authorities this year chose seven European countries – Poland, Russia, Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands, France, and Spain – with weak demand for Cape Verdean tourist destinations to take part in a guided tour of several islands in order for their representatives to discover the tourist potential of the archipelago and sell Cape Verde as a destination in their countries. (macauhub)