Tourism accounts for 20 pct of Cabo Verde’s GDP

20 August 2015

Tourism revenue accounts for 20 percent of Cabo Verde’s (Cape Verde’s) gross domestic product (GDP), said Wednesday in Praia the Minister of Tourism, Investment and Business Development, Leonesa Fortes.

The minister, who was speaking during a meeting on the sector, also said that tourism in Cabo Verde was not limited to the sun and the beach and therefore recommended the diversification of tourism through more effective involvement of public and private entities .

“We must make the ten islands a common space and a tourism product that can make the country more competitive and, therefore, all institutions will have to get involved so we can put the country in other international markets,” she said, according to weekly Cape Verdean newspaper A Semana.

Fortes told the meeting that the government considers it “perfectly possible” to reach the goal of 1 million tourists a year by 2020 and gave assurances the country would have, “conditions to achieve this.”

Figures from the Cabo Verde National Statistics Institute (INE) showed 539,600 tourists visited the country in 2014, and this figure totalled 278,800 from January to June 2015.

This meeting, sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism, Investment and Business Development, is intended to present three instruments that are considered to be essential – the Strategic Plan for Cabo Verde Tourism Development for 2014-2024, the Cabo Verde Marketing Plan and the Tourism Observatory Plan. (macauhub/CV)