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Published on : Monday, June 19, 2017
The total number of tourists who visited Morocco in March 2017 was 762,562, an increase of 3.7 per cent compared to the same period last year. This increase was strengthened by the increase in the GCC tourists visiting Morocco during the same period.
To quote Mazagan Beach and Golf Resort’s Khadija El Idrissi, “Morocco is fast witnessing an increase in travellers from the Gulf. The increased number of air links between the two regions, the cost-effective prices offered by the country and the high disposal incomes of the people has encouraged more GCC tourists to visit this part of the world.”
Tourism remains a vital pillar of the Moroccan economy and the country’s second biggest employer, after agriculture. The sector accounts for ten per cent of national income and, along with exports and remittances from Moroccans overseas, it is one of the country’s main sources of foreign currency.
In addition, it has been noted that the growing trend in Muslim travel during the fasting period will see destinations in the Middle East region become the most attractive by 2023. With Ramadan set to take place in cooler months from 2023, destinations as Morocco would lead the tourism industry. Along with Morocco, Turkey and Oman are also seen as top holiday destinations.