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Date: 16/08/2016
Tourism in CV up 15.9% in first half of 2016



Cape Verde was visited by 323,000 tourists in the first half of 2016, up 15.9 percent 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 percent year-on-year.

Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) received 132,400 tourists in the second quarter, up 13.9 percent over the same period in 2015, with 869,000 overnight stays, up 16.5 percent, likewise year-on-year.

Hotels continue to be the lodging most in demand, accommodating 84.4 percent of total tourists, followed by tourist resort villages (6.2 percent) and residences (4.1 percent).

Sal Island accounted for most demand, 46.6 percent of the total, followed by the islands of Boavista (30.8 percent) and Santiago (12.1 percent), with overnight stays ranked in the same order: Sal (51.4 percent), Boavista (39.6 percent) and Santiago (3.8 percent).

In the second quarter the largest share of tourists was from the United Kingdom market, accounting for 22.9 percent of total entries, followed by Portugal, Germany and France (respectively 11.9 percent, 11.0 percent and 9.1 percent of the total).

The United Kingdom also ranked first in overnight stays (34.4 percent of the total, followed by Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal (respectively 14.0 percent, 11.5 percent and 9.2 percent).

Still plenty of room for growth as the new 5 star hotels come closer to completion and new flights are added by Thomson in the winter of 2016.



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