The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) released a 2018 report ranking Marrakech the second most tourism-dependent city in the world.
Rabat – Marrakech, which depends largely on French visitors, makes approximately 30.2 percent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from tourism. The red city came second to Cancun, Mexico, a favorite American destination. Cancun receives 49.6 percent of its income and revenue from tourism and travel.
For Macau, China, which came third, the figure is 29.3 percent of GDP.
Marrakech’s economy is primarily based on tourism, commerce, and crafts. The luxury and boutique hotel experience has helped upgrade tourism infrastructure in the city. Maintaining good tourism infrastructure helped make the red city a favorite destination for tourists and celebrities and a venue for international events.
According to the 2018 tourism statistics released by the Ministry of Tourism, 1.2 million tourists arrived through Marrakech’s Menara Airport between January and July. Licensed accommodation establishments recorded 4.7 billion overnight stays.
King Mohammed VI launched construction, reconstruction, and restoration projects in 2017 to preserve the cultural and spiritual aspects of the medina in Marrakech as “A City of Permanent Renewal.” Other medinas in Morocco such as Fez, Casablanca, Rabat, and Sale have also benefited from similar projects.