Published on : Friday, February 7, 2020
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.