Morocco witnesses record number of tourists in 2019

Published on : Friday, February 7, 2020

13 million tourists visited Morocco in 2019, marking a record! The numbers increased by 5.2 percent from the previous year, as per official figures.

 

The tourism numbers include Moroccans from the diaspora, who account for around half of visitors yearly.

 

Tourism revenue witnessed 78.6 billion dirhams ($8.16 billion) in 2019, going up from 73.04 billion dirhams ($7.58 billion) from 2018, said the Moroccan Tourism Observatory. The rise is mainly due to Morocco’s primary markets – France and Spain.

 

The North African country has benefited from more air links, with low-cost carriers launching new routes to Europe. The former imperial city of Marrakesh, with its UNESCO-listed Old Town, and Agadir on the coast together accounted for 57 percent of the 25.2 million hotel stays last year.

 

Tourism accounts for about 10 percent of Morocco’s GDP and is one of the principal sources of foreign currency in Morocco, along with exports and remittances from Moroccans working abroad.

 


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