Rabat - According to figures from the French National Union of Travel Agencies (SNAV), the number of French bookings for vacations in Morocco decreased in January by 60 percent.
Rabat – According to figures from the French National Union of Travel Agencies (SNAV), the number of French bookings for vacations in Morocco decreased in January by 60 percent.
The figures reveal that Morocco is by far the most affected country by the general decline of French bookings.
French bookings to all destinations registered a 13.7 percent decrease in January compared to the same period of last year. The figures do not include bookings via the internet.
The downward trend in French bookings and departures to Morocco had already begun during the previous months. In December, for example, the number of bookings and departures registered a 46 and 38 percent decrease, respectively.
If the tendency continues, the Moroccan tourism will be affected since the French tourists are the biggest foreign group that visits the kingdom.
The terrorist threats from the so-called Islamic State (IS), formerly known as ISIS or ISIL, and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) have also contributed in the decline of the numbers of French tourists travelling to Morocco.
In September 2014, and following the beheading of a French national in Algeria by extremists, the French foreign Ministry called for greater vigilance in several countries, including Morocco.