Rabat - Tourists from the GCC countries spent more than $410 million (4 billion Dirhams) in Morocco in 2013, says Stephan Killinger, Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort President.
Rabat – Tourists from the GCC countries spent more than $410 million (4 billion Dirhams) in Morocco in 2013, says Stephan Killinger, Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort President.
The hotel’s president estimates are based on recent statistics on tourists’ spending in Morocco, which revealed that tourists from GCC countries are the top spenders.
The rise in Gulf tourist’s expenses in Morocco is due to the fact that the kingdom has become their favorite destination in the Arab world, ahead of Egypt which until very recently was considered the preferred destination for GCC tourists.
The Gulf tourists’ expenses have increased significantly, moving from 2 billion Dirhams in 2005 to 4 billion Dirhams in 2013.
The same source added that Gulf tourists’ expenses represent 10% of total tourism revenues in Morocco, which exceeded 40 billion Dirhams in 2014.
According to a study conducted by the National Observatory of Tourism, GCC tourists represent 50% of Arab tourists who visit Morocco.
The study revealed that half of tourists from Gulf countries come to Morocco alone, while tourists from other countries such as Britain and Germany prefer to travel to Morocco in groups.
GCC tourists’ favorite period to visit Morocco is between May and August of each year, added the study.