Thursday, June 21, 2018

12% increase in tourist arrivals in Morocco at the end of April

A total of 3.4 million tourists visited Morocco between January and April 2018, up 12% over the same period a year earlier, according to the Tourism Observatory.

The number of foreign tourists (TES) increased by 19%, while the arrivals of Moroccans living abroad (MRE) increased by 1%, says the Tourism Observatory which has just published its statistics on Moroccan tourism for the month of April 2018.

This increase affected the main issuing markets, particularly Italy (18%), Germany (+ 14%), France (11%), the United Kingdom and Holland (10% each), notes the Observatory. .

Regarding the total nights registered in classified tourist accommodation establishments, they increased by 10% during the first 4 months of 2018 (+ 13% for non-resident tourists and + 4% for residents).

The two tourist hubs Marrakesh and Agadir alone generated 61% of total overnight stays at the end of April, the Observatory said, noting that these two cities saw an increase of 12% and 8%, respectively.

Fez Visitors Up 25%
Other destinations also performed well, especially the cities of Fez, Tangier and Rabat with respective increases of 25%, 12% and 13%.

In addition, revenues generated by tourism activity by non-residents in Morocco amounted to 21.1 billion dirhams (MMDH) at the end of April, compared to 17.9 billion dirhams a year earlier, an increase of 18%.

During the month of April, the number of tourist arrivals at the border posts has increased by 4% compared to the same month of 2017 (8% for the TES and -2% for the MRE), adds the Observatory .

Oujda-Saïdia: 22% increase in tourist nights at the end of April

Oujda - The number of tourist nights recorded at the end of April 2018 in tourist accommodation establishments in the cities of Oujda and Saïdia amounted to 85,601, compared to 70,075 nights booked during the same period of 2017, that is an increase of 22 pc.


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