Tourism up in Morocco, arrivals from China triple

Foreign tourists up 13%, including Japanese and Korean tourists

19 October, 13:09

    (ANSAmed) - RABAT, OCTOBER 19 - Eight million tourists visited Morocco in the first six months of 2017, for a 10% increase on the same period last year, according to the country's Tourism Observatory, in line with figures from the Moroccan Tourism Ministry.

    Foreign tourists increased by 13%, with an 8% jump in the return of Moroccans living abroad.

    German tourists grew by 14%, tourists from the Netherlands by 10%, and from Spain by 10%.

    New markets also showed signs of growth in the sector, including China with a 315% jump, leading the increase in tourists from the East and showing that concessions introduced for entry visas are producing the desired results.

    Tourists from Japan rose by 43%, with a 41% growth in tourists from South Korea.

    American tourists increased by 32% and tourists from Brazil jumped 52%.

    Hotel stays grew by 18% across all of the kingdom's tourist destinations, particularly in Ouarzazate as a southern gateway to the Sahara Desert, up 34%; as well as in Fes (+36%) and Tangier (+25%).

    Marrakech and Agadir led the pack as usual, however, representing 60% of all hotel bookings. (ANSAmed).

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