Cabo Verde was visited by 323,000 tourists in the first half of 2016, up 15.9% year-on-year, the island country’s National Statistics Institute (INE) announced. The INE also indicated that those tourists accounted for 2 million overnight stays, up 14% year-on-year.
Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) received 132,400 tourists in the second quarter, up 13.9% over the same period in 2015, with 869,000 overnight stays, up 16.5%, likewise year-on-year. Hotels continue to be the lodging most in demand, accommodating 84.4% of total tourists, followed by tourist resort villages (6.2%) and residences (4.1%).
Sal Island accounted for most demand, 46.6% of the total, followed by the islands of Boavista (30.8%) and Santiago (12.1%), with overnight stays ranked in the same order: Sal (51.4%), Boavista (39.6%) and Santiago (3.8%). In the second quarter, the largest share of tourists was from the United Kingdom market, accounting for 22.9% of total entries, followed by Portugal, Germany and France (respectively 11.9%, 11.0% and 9.1% of the total).
The United Kingdom also ranked first in overnight stays (34.4% of the total, followed by Germany, the Netherlands, and Portugal (respectively 14.0%, 11.5% and 9.2%).