Rabat - Moroccan Tourism Minister, Lahcen Haddad, said on Tuesday that the attacks on the Tunisian resort town of Sousse had no direct impact on the cancellation of tourists' bookings to Morocco.
Rabat – Moroccan Tourism Minister, Lahcen Haddad, said on Tuesday that the attacks on the Tunisian resort town of Sousse had no direct impact on the cancellation of tourists’ bookings to Morocco.
Speaking at the House of Councilors on the measures taken by the government to deal with the challenges facing the tourism sector, Haddad acknowledged that bookings for the next fall has not experienced a great progress, but added that the recent terror attacks in Tunisia have had no direct impact on booking cancellations to Morocco.
The Tourism Minister stressed that the efforts made by the Moroccan National Tourism Office helped avert “a major impact” of the events of Tunisia on the Moroccan tourism market. He added that the period from December 2014 to May 2015 witnessed a 1.5 per cent decline in bookings.
Haddad outlined his department’s achievements to the members of the Second Chamber, saying that the Ministry “managed to organize during the same period around 700 trips for travel agents as part of the efforts to promote tourism in Morocco.”
The Minister pointed out that 126 travel agents and opinion leaders in France participated in media workshops organized by the Ministry.
According to Haddad, the Ministry also organized 17 trips for 140 journalists from countries that sent the highest numbers of tourists to the kingdom. Haddad also recalled that his department has scheduled 407 trips in recent weeks, adding that an estimated 2 million tourists are expected to visit Morocco this summer.