The results from the first six months of the year were announced by tourism news agency PressTUR based on data from Cape Verde’s National Statistics Institute (INE), which revealed that the island of Santiago was the most sought after by guests hailing from Portugal. In terms of the average number of overnight stays, however, the islands of Sal and Boa Vista were the leaders.
The island of Sal has the highest increase in the number of nights slept by Portuguese residents in the first half of 2015, with nearly 6,300 more (up 10.6%, to 65,468), followed by Santiago, with 2,700 more (up 14.1% to 22,058).
The island of Boa Vista, for its part, showed the biggest drop in the number of overnight stays by Portuguese tourists, with the number falling 11,600 (down 22.1% to 40,939), followed by the island of São Vicente, with a decrease of some 340 (down 5.8% to 5,485) and the rest of the islands as a whole, with a decrease of 840 (down 31.7% to 1,822). As such, the island of Sal strengthened its position in the lead in terms of the average number of nights spent in the country by Portuguese residents, with a 5.8 percentage point increase in its share of the market, which ended the first half of the year at 48.2%.