Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Boost in Brazilian Tourist Numbers in Morocco

By the end of 2015 Morocco will have welcomed 27,000 Brazilian tourists. According to the head of a Moroccan National Tourist Office (ONMT) delegation, Abdellatif Achachi, the figure should reach 100,000 by 2019

"Morocco welcomed nearly 22,000 Brazilian tourists in 2014 and expects that figure to reach 27,000 tourists in late 2015 and increasing to 100,000 tourists by 2019," Abdellatif Achachi said during the delegations participation in the Moroccan week that ended on Sunday in Sao Paulo.  Back in 2013 there was an 80% jump in Brazilian tourists visiting the Kingdom.

Abdellatif Achachi

The Moroccan Week was held at the heart of the prestigious "National Conjunto" and was judged to have been a great success with Achachi noted that the ONMT achieved his goal of making Morocco known to the highest number of Brazilians.

"We have achieved our goal of showing Moroccan culture to some 600,000 Brazilians who visited during the week," he said, noting that the number of Brazilian tourists who visited Morocco saw a 5% increase in August.

As to the strategy for the year 2016, Achachi noted that the ONMT is on track in terms of promotion of Morocco as a destination to Brazilian Tours Operators, stressing the need to launch a specific communication campaign at the request of the Brazilian market for cultural tourism product.

Under the theme "Morocco: the awakening of the senses", week included traditional Moroccan music, a Moroccan photography exhibition by Brazilian photographer Thais Ghussn , the Moroccan week which was attended by the Ambassador of Morocco in Brazil, Larbi Moukhariq, ended with a parade of traditional costumes by designer Jihan Archtal.

According to the news website Air Journal, Royal Air Maroc (RAM), in addition to its Sao Paulo service, will launch a service to Rio de Janeiro from May 2, 2016, operated by Boeing 767-300ER aircraft seating 10 passengers in business class and 235 in economy.

Passengers who wish to travel to Rio de Janeiro can choose from three flights a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Return flights to Casablanca are scheduled on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The new service to Rio de Janeiro will begin before the Summer Olympics' to be held in Brazil

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