TOURISM AND SOCIOECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN CAPE VERDE

Ana Mª Castillo Canalejo, Tomás López-Guzmán, Manuel Osuna Soto, José María Cerezo López

Abstract


Tourism is presented as a key driver for development of certain geographic areas based on their natural resources. In Af rica, the enhancement of different resources is leading to an attempt to create a sustainable form of tourism that can also serve to meet the demands of tourists that seek new experiences.

In this paper we present a study, based on the island of Fogo (Cape Verde), on the importance of a form of tourism as an alternative to traditional crowded tourist destinations, which allows greater contact with the local community and new experiences for travelers. We present the results of fieldwork on this island where we analyze and discuss the assessment and perception of the travelers visiting this island on different aspects related to culture and the environment.

The main results of this study highlight the quality of the services offered by companies, the importance of natural resources in the area and the hospitality of the local community, key elements for the development of this kind of tourism.


Keywords


Tourism resources; Cape Verde; Nature; Socioeconomic Development; Island of Fogo





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