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Morocco, Italians’ Favorite non-European Destination

By Zainab Calcuttawala Rabat - Morocco was Italy’s favorite non-European vacation destination  in 2015, according to new data released by Italy’s National Institute of Statistics. Though Italians preferred to vacation domestically – 81 percent of trips were made to other cities in Italy – 6 percent of trips were to Morocco and 3.2 percent to the United States. However, Italians preferred to stay in the Euro ...

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To Toubkal and Back: A Weekend Journey to the Top of North Africa

By Andrew Mines Rabat - We set out Thursday afternoon at 16:00 from Gare Rabat Ville on a train bound for Marrakech. We each carried a backpack, a small duffle bag, and the shared vision to climb the best North Africa had to offer- Mt. Toubkal. At 4167 meters, Toubkal stands a king among kings in the Atlas Mountains, commanding the respect and admiration of the viewer below. Our train compartment was full, ...

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Rare Video Shows Marrakech Lifestyle in 1960

New York - One of the four Imperial Cities of the Kingdom of Morocco, Marrakech has changed considerably. Known today as one of the top destinations for tourists, the “Red City’s” patrimony is rich, iconic and it has shaped its wonderful legacy. A short historic documentary “Marrakech 1960” presented by British Pathé Pictures portrayed the lifestyle of the “Pearl of the South” almost six decades ago. The ca ...

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Bulgarian TV Features Ouarzazate Studios

By Mohammed Lakdali Rabat - During a morning TV show, the Bulgarian national channel BN TV1 showed a special program about film studios in Ouarzazate describing it as “the city of cinema and Amazigh culture.” The report, which was filmed in Ouarzazate and presented by Anna Angelova, discussed the geographical and professional qualifications of the “City of Movies” and home of Atlas Studios. Amine Tazi, the ...

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Volubilis, Morocco’s Magnificent Roman City

By Aine Marsland Marrakech - Continuing on my road less travelled: We journeyed to the plains of ancient Mauretania. It's impossible to adequately describe the magnificence of the area, but let's try! Originally a Berber settlement before the Romans arrived, conquered, and renamed the area Mauretania Tingitana, was a fertile triangle between Meknes, Fez and Rabat, with direct connections to the ports of Tan ...

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Why Morocco Has Remained a Safe Country for Tourists

By Cindy Basha Toronto - Across the globe, 2015 saw the highest number of people killed by terrorism. Morocco, luckily, has remained a very peaceful country, especially for tourists. Despite threats of terrorism, Morocco has not had a terrorist attack since 2011. More people in the United States, France, and Indonesia have been killed in the past year from terrorist attacks than Morocco. However, Morocco do ...

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Morocco, an Attractive Destination for Tourists: Polish Television

By Mohammed Lakdali Rabat - According to Polish Television TV1, “Morocco’s rich history, stunning landscapes, and charming cities are deemed to be the Kingdom’s biggest strengths in terms of tourism. They can make anyone dream about booking a vacation to this fascinating destination.” In a television report broadcast on the morning television program “Hello,” the show’s journalist talked about the benefits ...

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Ifrane: A Piece of Switzerland in Morocco

By Aine Marsland Marrakech - An occasional tourist traveling across the Kingdom to places less visited generally off the major tourist routes. Ifrane. … incredible … As I drive through the forest I come across Switzerland … It opens up in front of me, chalets with distinctive pointed roofs, European chestnut trees and flowers, with its beautiful wide streets and pavements to walk upon. Here are some facts: ...

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Morocco Eyes 200k Russian Tourists Every Year

Moscow  - Morocco seeks to attract 200,000 Russian tourists a year, Director General of the Moroccan National Tourist Office (ONMT) Abderrafie Zouiten said on Friday in Moscow. Russia is a priority market for Moroccan Tourism, he told MAP, adding that ONMT has devised an ambitious strategy to attract more Russian tourists. In this regard, he noted that Royal Air Morocco (RAM) offers direct flights between M ...

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Over 880,000 Tourists Visited Agadir in 2015

Agadir  -  Some 884,848 tourists visited Agadir last year, a 2.15 percent decline in comparison with 2014, according to the city's Regional Tourist Council (CRT). Domestic tourists topped the list of arrivals with 320,247 visitors, a 15.85 percent increase in comparison with the previous year (277,423 tourists), the source added. French tourists came second with a total of 145,372 visitors, compared to 179, ...

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Macau: Where East Meets West

It seems odd that a former Portuguese colony would label itself as the Las Vegas of the east, but then again not many cities are quite like Macau. Lying just 65km west of Hong Kong, the Chinese region has fast become the gambling capital of the world. Neon-lit skyscrapers dominate the skyline, whilst the old town fits neatly besides offering a look back at its Mediterranean-inspired past. The city is the on ...

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A Call on Moroccan Authorities to Protect Tourist Sector in Fez 

By Charlotte Morgan Marrakech - The author Tahir Shah writes this famous quote in Arabian Nights: “What are tourists for but for tricking?” His character in the book laments, “Simply trick the tourists like everyone else, most of them will never come back…and what other use are they?” Has this become the mantra of the medina of Fez? I experienced it first hand this week. I am an experienced traveller with c ...

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