Cabo Verde receives over 644,000 tourists in 2016

1 March 2017

Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) received over 644,000 tourists in 2016, a figure that represents an increase of 13.2% over that recorded a year earlier, according to the Tourism Statistics for the fourth quarter and for the whole of 2016 published by the National Statistics Institute (INE).

The number of overnight stays registered in hotel establishments throughout the year reached 4.09 million, 10.3% more than in 2015, INE also said, adding that UK tourists spent the most time in the archipelago, with an average stay of 9.1 nights.

The island of Sal is the most popular among tourists, accounting for about 45.6% of entries in hotels, followed by Boavista, with 31.6%.

The United Kingdom (20.5%) was the main source of tourists, followed by Germany with 11.1%, Portugal and France each with 10.1%.

Hotels were the establishments with the highest occupancy rate – 64% – followed by holiday villages and inns with 36% and 24%, respectively.

In the fourth quarter 2016 Cabo Verde received 182,700 tourists, 13.9% more year on year, giving rise to more than 1.1 million overnight stays, with an average stay of 6 nights. (macauhub)