Miami – Nowadays, vacationers are not traveling blind-folded. It has become so easy to consult the many specialized websites where tourists can leave their opinions and past experiences, in order for interested visitors to make well-informed decisions based on these reviews. The problem is that these reviews can sometimes be biased, and are solely based on personal opinions.
According to a report from the July 28 edition of Moroccan newspaper l’Economiste, Morocco is being heavily affected by this increasing tendency. Travelers are letting themselves be highly influenced by these comments where nothing is censored. Tourists are free to discuss any topic related to the destination, from cleanliness, quality of service, cuisine, accommodations, even the country’s infrastructure.
The Economiste reports that tourists often criticize Morocco’s quality of accommodations and services, its “amateur human resources, incivility, and lack of courtesy” to others. Furthermore, Morocco’s geopolitical situation makes it even more challenging for foreign visitors to arrive. Countries like Spain, Portugal and Greece benefit from this and attract more tourists.
Airport transfer companies also share that the ease and quality of transportation from Morocco’s airports to the local hotels is complicated. Visitors are fearful of Moroccan roads which are believed to be more dangerous than those in Egypt, Turkey and even Tunisia.
The historically rich city of Marrakech with its monuments, heritage and great weather used to be a top Moroccan destination. However, the reported lack of hygiene, a few locals who pretend to be tour guides, and beggars on the streets are hurting the city’s reputation. Hotels are regarded mediocre and earned “poor service” grades.
The beautiful city of Fez has been known to charm tourists from all over the world due to its cultural, architectural, religious and historical patrimony. Yet, online reviews point out tourists’ disappointment by the state of some monuments and other attractions.
The newspaper also notes that vacationers love the city of Agadir for the wonderful memories they take home but find the locals to be too intrusive.
Online reviews can be a very subjective measure. Personal opinions are based on different standards of quality and likings. Regardless of these judgments, Morocco continues to be a paradisiacal country. Visit and see for yourself!