CAPE VERDE SEES INCREASE IN NUMBER OF TOURISTS IN 2007
According to figures presented by the National Statistics Institute (known by the Portuguese-language acronym INE) in its Guest Traffic Inquiry, some 156,215 individuals entered Cape Verde’s hotel establishments in the first six months of 2007, an increase of 15.5% over the same period in 2006. The study also found that the number of hotel entries rose 25% in the first trimester of 2007 in comparison to the same period in 2006. The increase stood at 5.5% for the second trimester o the year.
Hotels were the most sought-after lodging establishments, responsible for 79.3% of all entries. These were followed by the category known in Cape Verde as residências (generally, a somewhat more modest, small hotel), with 8%, and bed-and-breakfasts, with 4.4%. Tourist villages, rest houses and apartment-hotels together responded for about 8.3% of all entries.
Some 87.7% of all hotel guests came from foreign countries, while 12.3% hailed from Cape Verde (including 0.4% representing foreigners living in Cape Verde). Portugal and Italy were the two countries that sent the greatest numbers of tourists to Cape Verde, with 18.6% and 16.8% of the total number of foreign visitors, respectively. 14.1% came from the United Kingdom and 10.9% from Germany.
The total number of nights spent in hotel rooms in Cape Verde in the first semester of 2007 stood at 660,516, a 1.4% drop in comparison to the same period in 2006.
The island of Sal alone responded for 61% of all hotel entries and 71% of all nights spent in hotel rooms in the first half of 2007, followed by the islands of Santiago and São Vicente, with 18.5% and 8.3% of all entries and 9.4% and 5.4% of all nights spent in hotels, respectively. The remaining islands responded for 5.8% of entries and 3% of nights spent in hotels.
Tourists hailing from Italy showed a preference for the island of Sal, with 68.3% of the 171,346 nights citizens from the European country spent in hotels in Cape Verde. 94.3% of these nights were spent in actual hotels, as opposed to beds-and-breakfasts, residenciais, etc.
The Inquiry determined that visitors hailing from Italy spent the greatest average number of days in Cape Verde (6.4 nights). Italians were followed in this category by the British (with an average of 4.5 nights) and by resident Cape Verdeans (2.5 nights). Foreigners residing in Cape Verde spent an average stay of 3.5 nights in hotel and other lodging establishments.
The average bed occupation rate stood at 36% nationwide in the first half of 2007. The island of Sal registered the highest bed occupation rate (42%), followed by Boa Vista and Santiago, with 32% and 31%, respectively.
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