Tourism in Marrakech is set to get a boost from an unusual quarter - the White House. The wife of the US President, Michelle Obama and her daughters, Malia and Sasha, have, if the rumours are to be believed, chosen Marrakech for their next holiday
According to informed sources, the Obama women will head to Marrakech towards the end of June for a holiday that will last at least one week. No precise information regarding where they will stay is available, though White House insiders say that Michelle Obama is not a great fan of luxurious resorts.
The news outlet Le360 carries the story that the Obama's trip will include visits to smaller communities in the area around Marrakech.
The holiday will be the first visit of Michelle Obama to Morocco. While President Obama has never visited the kingdom although he had planned a visit to Tangier back in 2014, a trip which ended up being cancelled.
While the media coverage of the visit will raise the tourist profile of the city, it will also be accompanied by a large security presence,