Saturday, May 05, 2018


Morocco hopes to welcome nearly 60,000 Brazilian tourists by the end of 2018, said the director of the Moroccan National Tourist Office (ONMT) delegation in Portugal, Abdellatif Achachi

"We expect to welcome nearly 60,000 Brazilian tourists this year, and last year Morocco recorded 45,000 arrivals of Brazilian tourists, which represents a 36% increase over 2016, or 200,000 overnight stays," he said on the occasion of the holding in Sao Paulo of the Week of Morocco, a promotional event aiming at highlighting the richness and the cultural and tourist diversity of the Kingdom.

The event organized by the ONMT at the prestigious Conjunto Nacional shopping centre, made it possible to meet the greatest number of Brazilians to offer them a taste of a thousand-year-old culture.

The number of Brazilian tourists visiting Morocco in the first two months of 2018 has increased by 38% compared to the same period in 2017.

In the opinion of the Moroccan official, the circuit of the imperial cities, that of the thousand Kasbahs, as well as the stays in the desert, mainly in Erfoud, Zagora and Ouarzazate, are the main areas which attracted the Brazilian tourists.

Attributing these good results to strengthening the air link between Brazil and Morocco, Achachi said the two countries are connected by daily flights, with four departures from Sao Paulo and three more from Rio de Janeiro.

In addition, the introduction of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in 2016 by the national carrier Royal Air Maroc has encouraged an exponential growth in the number of arrivals.

The official also welcomed the success of the week of Morocco, organized by the ONMT, from April 27 to May 2, noting that throughout the six days of the event, visitors were able to marvel at the beauty of the Moroccan caftan presented in parade and discover an authentic Moroccan tea ceremony with mint to the rhythms of a typical Moroccan music.

Visitors were also able to discover the beauty of Moroccan crafts, the art of Arabic calligraphy, as well as the charm of the henna tattoo, all proposed on a space of 170m2, dedicated entirely to the culture of the kingdom and to destination Morocco.

For his part, the Moroccan ambassador, Nabil Adghoghi, who made the trip to Sao Paulo, expressed "Morocco's satisfaction with the growing attraction that Moroccan tourism has for Brazilians", pointing out that the figures are "very encouraging"

"The ambition is now to attract more tourists and install the product of Morocco in the programs and activities of major Brazilian tour operators," said the Moroccan diplomat, who took part in a press conference devoted to the week of Morocco.


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