Rabat – Despite previous tension between ferry companies and Moroccan expatriates, Tangier Port registered a new number of vacationers who spent their holiday in Morocco in 2018.
As of August 25, Tangier-Med Port Authority said that a total of 842,698 passengers have entered Morocco through Tangier-Med since the launch of the “Marhaba” operation on June 5.
During the same period, 371,861 passengers, 118,579 vehicles and 1,695 buses left Morocco through the same port.
Authorities at the port, a veritable gateway to Africa and Europe, received 33,091 travelers on July 29 alone.
Many Moroccans living in Europe entered Morocco in late July and early August to spend Eid al-Adha with their families.
Morocco celebrated Eid al-Adha, the festival of sacrifice, on August 22.
Throughout the Marhaba operation, the government’s project to welcome home Moroccan expatriates for the summer, many Moroccan expats protested expensive ticket prices for the ferry between Morocco and Spain.
In response, Morocco’s Ministry of Equipment, Transport, and Logistics negotiated with ferry companies to reduce ticket prices for the ferry between Tangier and Tarifa and between Tangier-Med and Algeciras.
In July, Secretary of State for Transport Mohamed Najib Boulif shared a statement from the ministry showing ticket prices for each crossing point on Facebook.
The official also said that the ministry was closely monitoring the situation and communicating with the ferry companies.
Tangier-Med Port has established itself as the 1st in Africa, owing to its notable performance this year.
Tangier’s two container terminals handled 1,668,566 containers in the first six months of 2018. A port statement shared in July announced that 252,194 cars were handled in both terminals during the first six months of 2018, representing an increase of 18 percent compared to the first half of 2017.
Last week, news outlet Le Point Afrique reported that each year the port exports 1 million vehicles, 7 million passengers, and 700,000 trucks.
The African outlet emphasized that the port should keep its African leadership “in the years to come.”