Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) intends to receive more than 3 million tourists by 2030, said the Director-General of Tourism on Wednesday, adding that it is necessary to remove some obstacles related to transport prices, quality of infrastructure, security and diversification of supply and issuing markets.
The target is set out in the Big Options of the Strategic Plan for Sustainable Tourism Development by 2030, a document prepared by the government after it gathered suggestions at several round tables held on almost every island in the country.
Tourism Director-General Carlos Jorge Anjos said the plan outlined several scenarios for the sector in the coming years, but added that the government had opted for the measures included in the moderately optimistic scenario, as this was considered the most likely.
This scenario predicts that the country will receive 3.15 million tourists by 2030, an influx that would require the creation of more than 30,000 jobs and collect tourist tax revenue of 4.4 billion escudos (about US$47 million).
The plan, presented at the World Tourism Day celebrations, projects that by 2030 the islands of Sal and Boavista will receive 2 million tourists and the other islands the remaining 1.15 million.
Cabo Verde received around 640,000 tourists in 2016, a year-on-year increase of 15%, and the Director General of Tourism said that in the first half of 2017 almost 400,000 tourists visited the archipelago.
The Minister of Economy and Employment, José Gonçalves, gave assurances that the country will exceed the threshold of 1 million tourists in the coming years, given that the investments being made guarantee sustainability for the sector, with a consequent increase in the number of tourists who travel to Cape Verde every year. (macauhub)