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Tourism in Cape Verde

Cape Verde recorded a total of 180,000 tourists in 2020, ranking 160th in the world in absolute terms.
That smaller countries regularly perform lower in a comparison of the absolute number of guests, is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Cape Verde, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.32 tourists per resident, Cape Verde ranked 75th in the world. In Western Africa, it ranked 1st.
Cape Verde generated around 169.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 8.7 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 18 percent of all international tourism receipts in Western Africa.
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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2020 spent about 794 US Dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in Cape Verde from 1995 to 2020

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Cape Verde each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.
The red line represents the average of all 15 countries in Western Africa.
Tourists per year in Cape Verde

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 29.00 million USD, or about 6.0 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 28,000 tourists at that time and roughly 1,036 USD per person. Within 25 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased drastically. Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, sales took up $567.00 million billion, 28.61 percent of gross national product. Thus, each visitor spent an average of $748 on their vacation in Cape Verde.
In 2020, tourist receipts plummeted due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Of the $567.00 million billion (2019), only $169.00 million billion remained. This is a 70 percent decrease in Cape Verde.
Tourism receipts in Cape Verde per year

All data for Cape Verde in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
2020180,000169.00 m $9.9 %939 $
2019758,000567.00 m $28.61 %748 $
2018710,000520.00 m $26.44 %732 $
2017668,000451.00 m $25.48 %675 $
2016598,000397.00 m $23.87 %664 $
2015520,000380.00 m $23.80 %731 $
2014494,000453.00 m $24.36 %917 $
2013503,000483.00 m $26.10 %960 $
2012482,000452.00 m $25.95 %938 $
2011428,000438.00 m $23.47 %1,023 $
2010336,000387.00 m $23.25 %1,152 $
2009287,000349.00 m $20.39 %1,216 $
2008285,000432.00 m $24.14 %1,516 $
2007267,000375.00 m $24.77 %1,404 $
2006242,000280.00 m $25.27 %1,157 $
2005198,000177.00 m $18.21 %894 $
2004157,000153.00 m $16.55 %975 $
2003150,000135.00 m $16.59 %900 $
2002126,000100.00 m $16.10 %794 $
2001134,00077.00 m $13.68 %575 $
2000115,00064.00 m $11.87 %557 $
199967,00056.00 m $9.5 %836 $
199852,00045.00 m $8.6 %865 $
199745,00050.00 m $10.19 %1,111 $
199637,00037.00 m $7.4 %1,000 $
199528,00029.00 m $6.0 %1,036 $

Our data on tourist numbers, revenues and expenditures are based on information from the World Tourism Organization. However, to ensure international comparability, the data for some years or countries were manually researched and corrected if they obviously included visitors without overnight stays. In these cases, the data were taken from the official communications of the respective national tourism authorities.
The WTO additionally points out that in some countries the number of tourists is only counted at airports, in others also at border crossings or even hotels. A comprehensive and reliable indication is therefore hardly possible in any country.
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