Cabo Verde sees fewer tourists in 1st quarter

3 June 2014

The number of tourists that visited Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) between January and March of this year fell by 1.6 percent against the same period of 2013, although overnight stays rose by 1.3 percent in the same period, the archipelagos National Statistics Institute (INE) said in the capital, Praia.

According to figure published Friday hotel establishments in Cabo Verde received 162,400 guests, which led to 982,560 overnight stays.

The figures showed that France was the main source of tourists, with 16.4 percent of the total, followed by the United Kingdom (14.2 percent) Germany (12.4 percent), the Netherlands (10.8 percent) and Portugal (7 percent), which used to be one of the top five sources of tourists for Cabo Verde.

Tourists from the United Kingdom stayed in Cabo Verde for the longest period, with an average of 7.9 nights, and the length of stay by Portuguese tourists fell to sixth in the ranking, behind Germany, the Netherlands, France and Italy.

By island, Sal Island received 42.8 percent of total tourist entries, followed by Boavista (33 percent) and Santiago (11.7 percent). (macauhub/CV)