Posted by: Morocco World News
Morocco continues to be a favorable destination for tourists around the world. Between January and May, a total of 4.1 million tourists visited the kingdom, a nine percent increase for that time window from 2017.
According to Morocco’s Tourism Observatory, the number of annual foreign tourist arrivals increased by 15 percent from the previous year, while the arrival of Moroccans living abroad has decreased by one percent.
The surge of the kingdom’s major tourism markets for travelers coming from Italy (16 percent), Germany (12 percent), France and Holland (eight percent), the United Kingdom (seven percent), and Spain (four percent) has contributed to the increase in the rate of tourist arrivals.
Fez registered an increase of 17 percent, Rabat eight percent and Tangier seven percent.
With respect to overnight stays, the country’s classified hotels also saw an increase of seven percent during the first five months of 2018, albeit slight compared to 2017.
In addition, Marrakech and Agadir recorded 60 percent of the overnight stays in May.
Revenues generated by the tourist activity of non-residents in Morocco amounted to MAD 27.1 billion at the end of May, compared to MAD 23.6 million in the same period of 2017, representing an increase of 14.8 percent.
The number of tourist arrivals decreased by three percent in May compared to the same period in 2017.
Morocco welcomes more Chinese tourists
In 2017, 107,500 Chinese tourists arrived in Morocco, in comparison with the 43,000 in 2016.
In 2018, 100,000 Chinese people visited Morocco just between January and April.
According to the Ministry of Tourism, Casablanca is the most visited city by Chinese tourists. As the economic hub of Morocco, it is an attractive destination for trade and business investments.
Other destinations visited by Chinese tourists include Ouarzazate, Tangier, Fez, Rabat and Chefchaouen.
During the China-Morocco Tourism Forum held early February in Casablanca, Moroccan Minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicrafts and Social Economy Mohamed Sajid announced that Morocco hopes to welcome an annual total of 500,000 Chinese tourists by 2020.
On the other hand, 21,850 Indian visitors arrived in Morocco in 2017. The North African country aims to double the number of Indian tourists in 2019, said the Moroccan Ambassador in India, Mohamed Malki, according to Maghreb Arab Press.
“The opening of a representative body of the Moroccan Tourism Office (ONMT) will allow us to plan strategic promotion programs in order to benefit from the Indian market, which offers great opportunities,” said Mohamed Malki.