A new tropical paradise on the rise
Cape Verde, a tropical paradise with a 'no stress' mentality
Cape Verde is an archipelago with ten islands and is located just off the west coast of Africa. Cape Verde is the new tropical paradise in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. With 350 days of sunshine, the temperatures are always between 25 °C and 30 °C. The water around the islands is crystal clear. The people of Cape Verde are known for their 'No Stress' mantra and relaxed lifestyle, making this island group manifest as an ideal holiday destination.
The number of tourists has increased by 115% since the year 2000 and is expected to double again by 2024. This thriving tourism is partly due to the impeccable standards of hospitality in Cape Verde and the excellent climate all year round.
A stable government structure with an innovative and sustainable tourism policy
The recent and continuing prosperity of the Cape Verde islands is largely related to the constant growth of tourism, combined with a democratically elected government and a stable government structure. Also, the Cape Verdean government has a clear strategy to further develop the islands in line with the increasing tourist demand.
This strategy includes major infrastructure improvements and modernization, including attracting foreign investment and tourists, as well as modernizing utilities, telecommunications and transport connections. Another part of this strategy includes all sorts of efforts to encourage investment in social projects and to improve the quality of life for the inhabitants of the islands as new opportunities and jobs become available to them. Substantial investments are also made in important education and housing projects.
Hotel beds in Cape Verde: more demand than supply
Tourism analysts predict that over the next decade the islands will offer important competition to rivals in the Caribbean and the Canary Islands for the following reasons, among others:
- There is a tropical climate all year round with no low season or a rain and hurricane season such as in the Caribbean.
- Cape Verde has already become a renowned sun and beach destination today, with some of the best beaches in the world.
- Direct flights from Northern Europe only take 5½ hours and Cape Verde can now be reached directly several times a week from many UK airports as well as Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and Germany.
- New flights are constantly being offered from many major European cities. As a result, new tourist markets can be opened and tourism will keep on increasing.
- Strict environmental controls and regulations for the development of tourism prohibit high-rise buildings, which must prevent an oversupply of (tourist) real estate.
Current tourism demand for Cape Verde exceeds the availability of hotel beds - a trend that is expected to continue well into the future. The world's largest tour operators, airlines and hotel chains have discovered Cape Verde and continue to invest massively in this island group.
The direct contribution of travel and tourism to gross domestic product is expected to increase by 5.9% per year.