Africa-Press – Cape verde. Cape Verdean museums received almost 11,000 visitors in the first six months of the year, a number far above the number recorded in the whole of 2021.
According to data released this Tuesday, August 2 by the Cultural Heritage Institute (IPC), of that total number of visitors from January to June, 56% were tourists and the former Tarrafal de Santiago Concentration Camp (currently the Museum of Resistance), was the most visited, with 35% of the total.
In the whole of 2021, Cape Verdean museums had received 8,466 visitors, recalls the IPC.
Increase reflects post-pandemic recovery
“This increase reflects the resumption of activities in the post-pandemic period and the consequent investments made to enhance the national museum framework. These have been accompanied by dissemination programs that range from direct contact with the educational and tourist sector, as well as the strengthening of digital communication mechanisms”, justifies the IPC.
All museums managed by the IPC, an organization supervised by the Ministry of Culture and Creative Industries, also integrate the Internet portal www.museus.cv , translated into three languages and have individual pages on social networks for sharing content.
“These are data that attest to the value that cultural goods add to destinations, even if the anchor product is associated with nature”, underlines the IPC.
Around 25% of GDP and employment in Cape Verde are dependent on tourism, a sector that came to a halt in March 2020, with the covid-19 pandemic, after a record 819,000 tourists in the previous year, but since the fourth year. quarter of 2021 that the country is witnessing a progressive recovery of the sector.
Increase of more than 130% in 2021
Cape Verdean museums had already registered an increase of more than 130% in visitors in 2021, compared to the drop in the previous year (3,639 in 2020) due to covid-19, but still far from the approximately 30,000 in 2019. .
This network of museums includes the Casa da Morna Sodade, the Ethnographic Museum of Praia, the Tabanca Museum, the Sea Museum, the Norberto Tavares Museum, the Cesária Museum Center, the Eugénio Tavares House Museum, the Salt Museum and the of Archeology.