Cabo Verde receives more visitors in first quarter

2 June 2015

The number of guests and overnight stays in hotels in Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) grew 0.1 percent and 3.1 percent, respectively in the first quarter of 2015, according to figures issued in Praia by the National Statistics Institute (INE).

The figures showed that the number of guests reached just over 162,000 with an actual increase of just 136 guests, while the number of overnights reached 1.01 million or 30,738 more, which means that tourists stayed longer in Cabo Verde, or an average of 8.1 days.

Hotels continued to be the most sought after establishments, with 87.1 percent of the total, followed by bed and breakfasts with 4.4 percent, and inns wit 3.9 percent.

Sal Island received 47.5 percent of total visitors to Cabo Verde in the first quarter, followed by the islands of Boa Vista with 28 percent and Santiago with 11.8 percent, which was similar to the situations for overnight stays – 52.8 percent for Sal, 37.8 percent in Boa Vista and 11.8 percent in Santiago.

The main source market was the United Kingdom with 20 percent of the total number of tourists, most of whom preferred the islands of Sal (51.6 percent) and Boa Vista (47.4 percent), followed by tourists from the Netherlands with 14 percent, Germany with 13.7 percent and France with 12 percent. (macauhub/CV)