Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) is expected to receive more than 650,000 tourists in 2016, according to the Central Tourist Authority, whose president, Gil Évora, based this projection on the figures recorded in the first and second quarters.
The archipelago received 323,000 tourists in the first half of 2016, an annual increase of 15.9%, and in the second quarter this figure totalled 132,400 tourists, 13.9% more than in the same period of 2015.
These figures exceed last year’s released by the National Statistics Institute (INE), which show that in 2015 about 569,000 tourists visited Cabo Verde, or an increase of 5.5% compared to 2014.
Data from the Guest Movement Survey, by INE, also showed that in the same period, overnight stays increased by 8.6% and the United Kingdom was the main source of tourists, with 22.2% of total arrivals, followed by Germany (13.4%), Portugal (10.9%), Belgium and the Netherlands, with 10.6%.
Évora, quoted by weekly newspaper A Semana, also remains optimistic on the upcoming cruise season, which begins on 1 October, with a forecast of 20 more stopovers than the previous year, which saw 50 cruise ships dock in the archipelago.
The Central Tourist Authority is the department is responsible for the design and evaluation of tourism policy, together with industry bodies. (macauhub)