The number of hotel units in Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) grew by 3.1% in 2016 to 223, according to the annual inventory conducted by the National Statistics Institute (INE) and published on Wednesday in Praia.
The existing hotel unitsat the end of last year had an accommodation capacity of 11,345 rooms, 18,382 beds and 24,376 places, representing increases of 7.6%, 1.8% and 6.2% respectively, compared to 2015.
Santiago topped the list of islands with 50 units, or 21.5% of the total, followed by Santo Antao, Sao Vicente and Sal, 42, 41 and 29 units, respectively, and annual growth of 18.0%, 17.6 % and 12.4%.
The islands of Boa Vista and Brava saw the highest increase with the creation of two establishments each, followed by São Vicente, Sal and Santiago, all with an addition of one establishment each.
On the islands of Santo Antao, Sao Nicolau, Maio and Fogo no new establishments were opened in the period.
By type of hotels, bed and breakfasts continued to have greater weight, with 33% of the total, followed by guest houses and hotels, with 27.5% and 25.3%, respectively.
Tourist accommodation in CaboVerde employed 7,742 people at the end of 2016, an annual increase of 20.5%, also according to figures from INE. (macauhub)