New Year’s vacation in Morocco? Why not? For many Portuguese, Morocco is a favorite place to spend the holidays.
By Mohamed Hikal
Rabat – For many Portuguese tourists, Morocco is a haven for their New Year’s vacation, in addition to Brazil and Cape Verde.
According to Pedro Costa Ferreira, president of the Portuguese Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies (APAVT), Morocco remains one of the top vacation destinations for the festive season.
Based off of agencies’ travel reservations and packages, Ferreira told the Portuguese Lusa news agency that besides local destinations like Porto, Lisbon, the Madera, the Azores archipelago, and the Algarve, the Portuguese’ top foreign destinations for New Year’s are Morocco, Brazil, and Cape Verde.
Ferreira indicated that travel prices increased slightly this year compared to last year, yet customers are continuing to buy the travel packages at the same rate. He expected travel agencies’ revenue to increase by 10 percent from last year.
Morocco is a popular tourist destination worldwide, and the 2019 Travel Risk Map illustrates how Morocco as a safe destination with relatively low terrorism threats, risk of natural disaster, and health issues.
Tourist arrivals in Morocco increased by 10 percent in the first half of 2018 to 5.1 million tourists compared to to the corresponding period in 2017.
The greatest increase was seen among Italian tourists with an 18 percent increase, followed by the Germans with 13 percent, the French 10 percent, the British with 7 percent, and the Spanish with 6 percent.