Hotel establishments in Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) received 408,800 guests from January to September 2015, an annual increase of 5.8 percent, while overnight stays totalled 2.6 million or an additional 7.1 percent, reported the National Statistics Institute (INE). In the third quarter of last year the number of people who stayed on the archipelago’s accommodation units totaled 408,800, or an annual increase of 14.9%, while the 908,500 overnight stays posted the same percentage change.
Hotels remained the most popular establishments, with 88.2% of the total, which was followed by bed and breakfasts, 4.1%, inns, with 3.2% and tourist villages with 2.3%. The island of Sal is the most popular, with 40.3% of all entries, followed by the island of Boavista, with 36.7% and Santiago, with 11.9%.
The main source of tourists in the third quarter continued to be the United Kingdom, with 25.7% of the total, which was followed by Portugal, Germany, resident Cape Verdeans and Belgium/Netherlands, with 15.6%, 12.6%, 10.1% and 7.3%, respectively. The UK was also first in terms of overnight stays, followed by Germany, Portugal and Belgium/Netherlands, with 15.5%, 13.3% and 8.4%, respectively.
Showing clear indications of growth, Cape Verde also recently moved up in the World Forum tourism rankings – gaining places in business environment, air transport infrastructures, competitiveness of prices and environmental sustainability. This is only expected to get better as the number of stays increasing in the coming years.
Visitors are noticing that the island manages to maintain its undiscovered feel, even as more people from around the world come to see its unspoiled white beaches and relaxing atmosphere. As this ever-growing industry sees development, businesses on the islands now offer a variety of activities for guests. Luxury boats trips, perfect surfing waves, quad biking and island hopping are all pulling in the crowds.
Along with its fantastic year-round sunshine, people are already realizing that Cape Verde is the ideal destination for families and couples.
The islands are also incredibly safe – they have a very dependable and consistent track record of political stability and Cape Verde is frequently referred to as one of the most democratic countries in the world. In fact, experts are already tipping it as a fantastic alternative destination for holidaymakers looking to book for this year’s summer.