Tourism in Cape Verde

Cape Verde recorded a total of 598,000 tourists in 2016, ranking 132nd 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 1.1 tourists per resident, Cape Verde ranked 48th in the world. In Western Africa, it ranked 1st.

Cape Verde generated around 402.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 22.92 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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Development of the tourism sector in Cape Verde from 1995 to 2016

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 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 21 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased drastically. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 402.00 million USD, accounting for 24.53 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 672 USD for his holiday in Cape Verde.

Annual receipts as percentage of the gross national product:
Tourism receipts in Cape Verde per year

All data for Cape Verde in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPExpences per person
199528,00029.00 m $6.0 %1,036 $
199637,00037.00 m $7.4 %1,000 $
199745,00050.00 m $10.19 %1,111 $
199852,00045.00 m $8.6 %865 $
199967,00056.00 m $9.5 %836 $
2000115,00064.00 m $11.87 %557 $
2001134,00077.00 m $13.68 %575 $
2002126,000100.00 m $16.10 %794 $
2003150,000135.00 m $16.59 %900 $
2004157,000153.00 m $16.55 %975 $
2005198,000177.00 m $18.21 %894 $
2006242,000280.00 m $25.27 %1,157 $
2007267,000375.00 m $24.77 %1,404 $
2008285,000432.00 m $24.14 %1,516 $
2009287,000349.00 m $20.39 %1,216 $
2010336,000387.00 m $23.25 %1,152 $
2011428,000438.00 m $23.49 %1,023 $
2012482,000452.00 m $25.80 %938 $
2013503,000483.00 m $26.09 %960 $
2014494,000453.00 m $24.38 %917 $
2015520,000380.00 m $23.81 %731 $
2016598,000402.00 m $24.53 %672 $


All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.