Cape Verde’s representation at Forum Macau is due by the end of the year to sign a cooperation agreement with two Chinese tour operators in order to promote the archipelago as a tourist destination, delegate Mário Vicente said.
Speaking to Cape Verdean news agency Inforpress, Vicente said that the agreement was intended to attract tourists from China, a market which is the focus of the world’s tour operators because of its size and potential.
Chinese tourists, the Cape Verde delegate said, want “very specific tourism products and services,” and the country should adapt itself to be able to compete with destinations nearby, particularly the Canary Islands.
In 2007, the governments of Cape Verde and China signed a memorandum of understanding to make Chinese tourist travel to Cape Verde easier.
The agreement, which was authorised by the Chinese National Tourism Administration, pledged to make travel by Chinese businesspeople and tour groups to Cape Verde easier.
The World Tourism Organisation forecasts that, in 2020, China will be the largest source of tourists, with around 100 million people travelling abroad. (macauhub)