Morocco received 8.7 million tourists from January to August, according to statistics released Thursday by the Ministry of Tourism.
Rabat – Morocco received 8.7 million tourists from January to August, according to statistics released Thursday by the Ministry of Tourism.
Tourist arrivals in Morocco rose 8 percent for the eight month period from the same period last year. Foreign tourist numbers were up 14 percent while returning Moroccans increased by 2 percent, Chinese outlet Xinhua reported.
Tourist arrivals from Italy made the most considerable increase between the first eight months of 2017 and 2018, rising 14 percent. German tourist numbers increased 10 percent, French 7 percent, and Dutch 6 percent.
Morocco earned $4.88 billion in tourism revenue in the period, compared to $4.82 billion during the same period in 2017.
Counting overnight stays at hotels and guest houses, Marrakech, Casablanca, and Agadir were tourists’ top destinations.
Along with the traditional European market, the number of Asian visitors, mainly from China, hiked significantly. The increase follows Morocco’s exemption of Chinese travelers from needing to apply for visas in 2016.
Morocco’s 2020 vision, presented by King Mohammed VI in 2010, aims to double the tourism sector and set the country among the top tourist destinations in the world.