The country’s hotel establishments saw a total of 162,604 guests in the first quarter of 2015, 0.1% more than in the same period last year. In raw numbers, the first three months of 2015 saw 136 more tourists come to the country than in the first quarter of 2014. The number of overnight stays in hotel establishments reached 1,013,364, 30,739 more than in the first quarter of 2014 – an increase of 3.1%.
Hotels continue to be the most sought-after establishments, with 87.1% of all check-ins, followed by beds & breakfasts (4.4%) and inns (3.9%). 93.1% of tourists stayed in hotels and 1.9% in inns and tourist villages. 47.5% of all tourists visiting the country stayed on the island of Sal, 28% chose Boa Vista and 11.8% Santiago. A similar pattern was seen with overnight stays, with Sal responding for 52.8%, Boa Vista 37.8% and Santiago 3.8%. Residents of Cape Verde itself accounted for 7.3% of all hotel check-ins and 3.3% of overnight stays.
The country sending the most tourists to Cape Verde was the United Kingdom, with 20% of all tourists visiting the country, followed by the Netherlands (14%), Germany (13.7%) and France (12%). The United Kingdom also leads in terms of overnight stays, with 20.2%, followed by Germany (15.5%), the Netherlands (15.3%) and France (9.5%). Most of the tourists coming from the United Kingdom preferred Sal (51.6%) and Boa Vista (47.4%) as their destination. 99.5% of British tourists chose hotels as their place of lodging.
The overnight stays carried out by Dutch tourists were concentrated on Sal (58.4%) and Boa Vista (38.8%), with most (96.8%) preferring hotels. Germans divided most of their time between Sal (48.9%) and Boa Vista (45.1%), with 95.2% showing a preference for hotels.
According to the National Statistics Institute (INE), tourists visiting from the United Kingdom remained an average of 8.1 nights in Cape Verde, followed by the Dutch (an average of 6.8 nights), Italy (6.7) and Germany (6.6). Cape Verdean tourists stayed an average of 2.6 nights in hotel establishments per stay.
During this period, the average bed occupation rate was 54%. On the island of Boa Vista, this figure was as high as 76%, followed by Sal (57%) and São Vicente (29%).