The number of tourists that stayed in Cabo Verde’s hotel establishments in the period from January to September 2019 rose by 7.5% to 553,600, said the archipelago’s National Statistics Institute (INE).
The tourists provided overnight stays of over 3.7 million, or a year–on–year increase of 3.9%, also according to INE.
The figures for the third quarter totalled 181,600 tourists staying in hotel establishments and 1.2 million overnight stays, with on year increases of 6.8% and 1.9%, respectively, whereas the average stay of 6.7 nights fell to 6.5 nights.
Hotels remained the most popular establishments, representing 89.1% of the total number of entries, followed by bed and breakfasts with 3.7%, and then inns and tourist villages with 2.7% and 2.6%, respectively.
Sal Island welcomed the biggest number of tourists, with 48.4% of the total number of entries, followed by the island of Boa Vista, with 29.8% and 11.6% for Santiago Island.
The main source of tourists in the third quarter remained the United Kingdom, with 25.1% of the total number of entries, followed by Portugal, Germany, the Netherlands and France, accounting for 15.2%, 9.9%, 8.0% and 7.3%, respectively.