Tourism increases

Tourism in Cape Verde is continuing to grow. There was a 40% increase in the number of visitors and overnight stays in the first three months of 2024. In 2023, the number of hotel guests exceeded one million. Cruise ships calling into Cape Verde during the 2023-2024 (September to June) season increased by 35%. It is anticipated that this growth in tourism will continue over the next few years. As a result, the government’s target of achieving 1.2 million tourists has been brought forward to 2026.

The ports most visited by the cruise ships are Porto Grande (Mindelo, on the island of São Vicente) and Praia on the island of Santiago. However, all the nine inhabited islands were visited including Maio. The number of passengers during the 2023-2024 season was 90,850, although that was slightly lower than the previous season.