Friday, November 24, 2017

Morocco: Tourism Update

Good news again for Moroccan tourism as the statistics from the Tourism Observatory show. Marrakech has experienced the largest increase (18%), or 6.5 million nights at the end of October, followed by Agadir Ida-Outanane (12%) with 4.7 million overnight stays and Casablanca (11%) with 1.76 million overnight stays.
Agadir topped 4.7 million overnight stays

Two months before the end of the year, the positive trend continues for tourism indicators. Arrivals increased by 9%, for a total of 9.71 million tourists at the end of October 2017 compared to the same period in 2016 (8.88 million). The main improvements in terms of arrivals from European markets continue to increase. Arrivals of foreign tourists staying (TES) recorded an increase of 14.3%, or 4.86 million tourists.

The performance of the arrivals register shows France, Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom, which posting positive a growth rates in the first 10 months of the current year. At this stage, the rate of arrivals of French tourists at the end of October 2017 increased by 9% with 1.35 million tourists, followed by Spanish tourists (14%) with 575,177. In third place, English tourists recorded a 5% increase, ie 403,193. In fifth place, arrivals of German tourists recorded an improvement of 28% at the end of October, or 268,998.

According to statistics from the Tourism Observatory arrivals of Moroccans living abroad were up 5% compared to the same period last year, with no less than 4.8 million tourists. Air traffic was up 14% compared to the end of October 2016. Agadir Al Massira airport experienced the largest increase in arrivals (19%), followed by the two Mohammed V airports and Marrakech Menara airport with 12%.

Regarding the nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments classified (EHTC), these have also improved. A 15% increase in the rate of accommodation in the main tourist destinations in Morocco compared to the same period in 2016 was noted, for a total of 18.7 million overnight stays at the end of October 2017. Based on the rate evolution of overnight stays in EHTC, ​​Marrakech has experienced the largest increase (18%), or 6.5 million overnight stays at the end of October, followed by Agadir Ida-Outanane (12 %) with 4.7 million overnight stays and Casablanca (11%) with 1.76 million overnight stays.

This momentum has been accompanied by changes in revenue. Travel receipts rose by 5.3% compared to the same period of 2016, recording a total of 59.10 billion dirhams of revenue at the end of the first 10 months of the year. current year against 56.11 billion dirhams in the same period in 2016.

MOROCCO PRESENTS ITS TOURIST ATTRACTIONS AT THE WARSAW INTERNATIONAL TOURISM FAIR

The 25th Warsaw International Tourism Fair "TT Warsaw" opened on Thursday, November 23, the opportunity for Morocco to unveil the richness and diversity of the national tourism offer in all its facets

This exhibition, one of the most important in Eastern Europe, offers an opportunity for professionals from the Moroccan tourism sector to develop links with Polish and international professionals in order to highlight the richness and diversity of the world. tourism offer of the kingdom and enhance the attractiveness of the destination Morocco.

The Moroccan booth design and architecture combining authenticity and modernity on a background of colours evoking the diversity of multiple destinations in the country, has been developed by the Moroccan National Tourist Office on an area of ​​100 m2 and offers attractive and comprehensive information on the destination Morocco, its charms and its assets and this, in a setting brightened by tunes performed by Gnawa musicians

Morocco's stand was inaugurated by Morocco's ambassador to Poland, Youns Tijani, who pointed out that Morocco won the "Best Stand Award" at the previous edition of the Warsaw International Fair.

This pavilion highlights the cultural assets of Morocco and its positioning as a safe destination guaranteeing visitors a total change of scenery and is the subject of a craze among a large public come to discover the tourist potential and cultural wealth of the kingdom .

In a statement to the press on this occasion, the Ambassador of Morocco stressed the excellent diplomatic and economic relations between Morocco and Poland and welcomed the fact that Morocco enjoys a good perception among Polish, as reflected by the increasing number of Polish tourists visiting Morocco.


About 50,000 Poles travel to Morocco each year, a figure expected to grow, said the Ambassador, adding that it is expected that this number will reach 52,000 this year, especially with low-cost airline flights launched by Ryanair companies to Marrakech and Wizzair to Agadir.

In this context, he highlighted the dynamics experienced by the tourism sector in Morocco, a sustainable asset of economic development, stressing that Morocco, a stable and open country, with its rich and diversified cultural heritage, is full of tourist potential that make it possible to position oneself as a privileged destination.

A delegation of Moroccan tourism professionals that includes hospitality professionals, tour operators and representatives of receptive agencies takes part in this tourist event.

The Moroccan professionals present say that their participation in this show is important as the destination Morocco is up on the Polish market, adding that in addition to the classic destinations, their efforts are aimed at products combining seaside and cultural tourism, a sector very popular with Polish tourists.

At the show, the Moroccan National Tourist Office will hold meetings and negotiations with the four leading tour operators in Eastern Europe, Neckermann, Itaka, Exim and TUI. The main objective of these negotiations is to achieve 20% growth in tourist arrivals from Poland, reaching 70,000 Polish tourists by 2018.

Rachid Ennaciri, director of the ONMT representation for Eastern Europe based in Warsaw, emphasised that Morocco has become one of the key destinations on the Polish market thanks to the quality of its offer and its tourist infrastructures, its connectivity with the world, its stability, its proximity to Europe, its rich cultural and architectural heritage, its world-renowned gastronomy, its modern infrastructure of land, rail and maritime transport and air, as well as its hospital tradition and excellence of welcome to foreign visitors.

He also pointed out that tourist arrivals from Poles to Morocco have seen a strong double-digit increase since February 2017, an increase of 68% compared to 2016.

Ennaciri said that the projected number of Polish tourists to visit Morocco for the year 2017 could reach 52,000 people, noting that the launch this year of new low-cost flights, provided by Wizzair and Ryanair, to Agadir and Marrakech will have a positive impact on the destination Morocco.

At this show, which is attended by 115 countries and expects to welcome 474,000 visitors, the professionals involved in tourism development will be involved until Saturday in promoting their products, business development and prospecting new markets.

Fès-Saïss airport reaches its first million

By this Saturday the airport will have received a million passengers for 2017. The airport authorities will celebrate this event with great fanfare.


"We are very proud of this successful achievement through the extension of our terminal sponsored and inaugurated by the Sovereign," said Noureddine Laghni, director of the airport. The airport  has recorded an increase of 23.13% at the end of October 2017 compared to the same period of 2016.

Fes-Saïs was in 4th position after those of Casablanca-Mohammed V, Marrakech-Menara and Agadir-Al Massira as part of the classification of commercial air traffic by zone. The airport is served by several companies including RAM, Ryanair, Easy Jet, Jet Air Fly, Air Arabia

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