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Tourism in Cape Verde

Cape Verde recorded a total of 758,000 tourists in 2019, ranking 147th 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 1.4 tourists per resident, Cape Verde ranked 60th in the world. In Western Africa, it ranked 1st.

Cape Verde generated around 567.00 m US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 28.61 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 16 percent of all international tourism receipts in Western Africa.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2019 spent about 668 US Dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in Cape Verde from 1995 to 2019

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 m 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 24 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased drastically. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 567.00 m USD, accounting for 28.61 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 748 USD for his holiday in Cape Verde.

Tourism receipts in Cape Verde per year

All data for Cape Verde in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
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 $


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

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