Tourism in Cape Verde a group of islands off the coast of Senegal started in the 1970s on the island Sal and increased slowly in the 1980s and 1990s. Tourism contributes to over $41 million to the country’s economy. The number of tourists increased from approximately 45,000 in 1997 to more than 115,000 in 2001 and to 552,144 in 2013 according to the Cape Verdean statistics bureau.
Most of these international arrivals came from the United Kingdom France, Portugal and Germany. The vast majority of tourists visit the comparatively flat and scarcely populated islands of Boa Vista, Sal, and Maio with their white sandy beaches.
The islands of Cape Verde have a pleasant climate during most of the year with 350 days of sunshine and some of them offer impressive mountain scenery as well. Diving, windsurfing, sailing and trekking are available to tourists. Some ecotourism is developing on the island of Fogo around the volcano Pico do Fogo.
Tourism, together with foreign investments, enables Cape Verde’s domestic economy to achieve a sustainable growth level. The country’s government is well aware of the importance of travel and tourism and consequently, dedicates significant funds and efforts in an attempt to further stimulate its development. As travel and tourism grows, Cape Verde’s economy becomes increasingly stable.
Cape Verde enjoys exceptional meteorological conditions and this is favorable to the country’s travel and tourism. The tropical sunny weather in combination with paradisiacal beaches and authenticity as well as the friendliness of the population are key to the success of tourism
Cape Verdean government made sustained efforts to promote tourism, including the creation of master plans with the specific aim of developing marketing strategies.
Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Energy
The Ministry of Tourism is the authority responsible for overseeing tourism in Cape Verde.
Tourism in Cape Verde has been summarized to include the following
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