Marrakech is still a popular destination for Danish tourists despite the double murder that caused shockwaves.
Rabat – In addition to the Viktors Farmor Marketing and Spies travel agency, which confirmed that they will be sending more tourists to Morocco, another Danish travel agency has asserted that Morocco’s attractive destinations will remain a favorite for some Danish tourists.
In an interview with Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), the director of operations at Marokko Eksperten Danish travel agency, Suzanne Bash, said that the “cursor is still in good shape in Marrakech.”
Some people predicted that tourism, which plays an important role in Morocco’s GDP, will be negatively affected by the double murder of the Danish and Norwegian tourists near Imlil in the Atlas Mountains.
Danish news agencies, however, have reported that Danish tourists will not stop visiting Morocco after the murders.
Bash told MAP, “Naturally, we were shaken like everyone else by the horrible murder of Imlil.”
She said that once the shock is over, Marrakech will remain a favorite destination for tourists.
The bodies of Danish tourist Louisa Vesterager Jespersen and Norwegian tourist Maren Ueland were found on Monday, December 17.
Bash said that for her and other colleagues, it was a “black Monday, especially since it was a peaceful place that my colleagues and I had visited on several occasions,” referring to Imlil, a tourism destination near Mount Toubkal.
She said that “with our local partners, the trekking guides and the authorities, we managed to overcome the shock.”
Created in 2014, the agency has two offices in Morocco. Bash explained that it is planning to open a third in the northern region.
She added that Marokko Eksperten will maintain Marrakech as a “flagship destination, while opening in the northern region of the kingdom, including Tangier, Tetouan, and Chefchaouen.”
The director said that after speaking with some of the agency’s departing customers, many of them decided to go to Imlil, “although some preferred to spend their nights elsewhere, not because of any concern for their safety, but rather because of the general emotion that prevails in the region after the abject crime.”
She said that professionals in the sector have been “deeply touched by the marks of compassion and sympathy that Moroccans have shown throughout this hardship, especially on social networks.”
The travel professional said that Morocco’s attractiveness has not stop growing over the last few decades with tourists, owing to the proximity and the beauty of the country and its climate.
According to Bash, in Morocco tourists can experience “the vast expanses of desert, majestic mountains, sandy beaches stretching as far as the eye can see, or hikes through the winding alleys of the medinas and mountains and imperial cities.”