São Tomé and Príncipe receives over 18,000 tourists in 2014

16 April 2015

The archipelago of São Tomé and Principe in 2014 received more than 18,000 tourists, an annual increase of 24.6 percent, said Wednesday in São Tomé the Directorate General of Tourism.

Figures obtained by Macauhub in São Tomé from the Directorate-General showed that the archipelago was visited in 2014 by 18,187 tourists, compared to 13,708 in 2013.

Portugal topped the list of countries with just over 10,000 tourists, or about 55 percent of the total, followed by Angola with about 4,000 or 22 percent and France, Gabon and the United States with lower percentages.

Directorate-General of Tourism sources said factors that led to an increase in the number of tourists included visa waivers for some countries and promotion of the country abroad.

At the beginning of 2014, CNN Travel chose São Tomé and Príncipe as one of ten dream destinations worldwide. (macauhub/ST)