Taroudant, Morocco- The International tourism news channel, Tourism-Review, released a review about tourism in North Africa today entitled, “South Mediterranean tourism:only Morocco stays afloat” noting that Morocco remains the most popular destination in North Africa.
Unlike other countries in the region shaken by Arab spring, the Kingdom continues to attract tourists from around the world thanks to its political and socio-economic stability.
“The 2013 summer season was a disastrous time for Egypt, mediocre in Tunisia, and good in Morocco,” says the e-review report.
According to the same source, Tunisia “cannot find a solution to bring her visits back up,” and Egypt “experienced a decline in the first quarter of 2014 worse than that of 2013.” But Morocco remained untouched by revolutions and continues to attract tourists from around the world.
In 2013, the tourism sector in Morocco accounted for more than 8.6 percent of the national GDP ($9.5 billion), according to the report.
“Tourism revenues are expected to grow by 8.1 percent in 2014 according to World Travel and Tourism, while the Moroccan National Tourist Office plans to host more than 11 million foreign tourists in 2014,” according to the review.
In an analysis of the prospects of the tourism market in the southern Mediterranean, the review depicted the “same dark situation” for Egypt, and said that Tunisia cannot achieve in 2014 the same tourism levels as 2010 when it received seven million visitors “which generated 7 percent of the GDP”. The same source added that tourism sector in Morocco is likely to grow in 2014.
Edited by Liz Yaslik