The number of tourists who visit Cape Verde should increase from 5 to 6 percent in 2014, the island country’s director-general for tourism stated in Praia, indicating that the increase is due to ongoing diversification regarding the main local tourism product – sun and beach.
After the inauguration of the new Directorate-General for Tourism (DGT) offices in the Cape Verdean capital, Emanuel Almeida said that a countrywide tourism survey was under way along with a hotel reclassification. The idea is to improve the offering’s quality and ensure better security for tourists.
The tourism inventory has the same goal, Almeida said, recalling that the “pilot inventories” in Santa Cruz, São Miguel and Tarrafal were completed two years ago and that surveys are now being done in São Vicente, Santo Antão and São Nicolau.
He indicated that 2013 “was a good year”, with growth up 5 percent compared to last year, as the country has so far received 20,000 more tourists than in 2012.
Also with a view to promoting tourism, the DGT will work with the Parliamentary Network for the Environment, which promoted the election of the Seven Wonders of Cape Verde, Almeida said. The idea is to compile a catalogue of the more than 400 sites identified during that contest.
The National Statistics Institute has meanwhile reported that the tourists who most seek Cape Verde are from the United Kingdom. They also stay the longest in the islands.
The United Kingdom accounted for 19.9 percent of entries, followed by Portugal, Germany and France, with 14.6 percent, 12.5 percent and 11 percent respectively.
Boa Vista is the island most sought by tourists, recording about 42.3 percent of hotel entries, ahead of the islands of Sal (34.6 percent) and Santiago (12.7 percent). (macauhub)