In Lisbon, Portugal – Cape Verde’s tourism minister, José Gonçalves, said on Friday that he hoped the country would attract a million visitors shortly and that the goal was just around the corner.

The only reason we have not reached this goal of a million tourists is a lack of beds, as there is no lack of tourists, he said, adding that by 2020 another seven or eight large hotels or resorts should be concluded on the islands of Boavista, Sal and Santiago, he said. This includes White Sands Hotel & Spa which we have available to our investors.

“Cape Verde has a great climate, marvelous seas and amazing beaches, furthermore, it has legislation that attracts investors, political and macroeconomic stability and that makes it a safe destination”, he told reporters, adding that tourism now represents about 22% of the archipelago’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The number of tourists visiting Cape Verde first passed the country’s population (540,000) in 2014 and has not stopped growing since then as all kinds of hotels have also increased in number.

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Cape Verde: Minister expects a million tourists ‘just round the corner’