A significant number of Moroccan tourists also visited Israel last year.
Rabat – In the absence of diplomatic relations between Israel and Morocco, a notable number of Israeli tourists visit the North African country annually.
Statistics shared by Sputnik News show that over 50,000 Israelis visit Morocco every year.
Once a year, Jewish Moroccans from Morocco and around the world flock to Essaouira to celebrate the Hiloula of Saint abbi Nessim Ben Nessim.
In addition to Hiloula, Morocco’s tourism assets have been attracting travelers from across the globe. Tourism is one of Morocco’s strongest industries and is a driving force for the country’s Gross Domestic Products (GDP).
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In 2018 Morocco welcomed 1 million tourists on average per month.
Adil El Fakir, general director of the Moroccan National Tourist Office (ONMT), said in January 2019 that Morocco received 12.3 million tourists last year.
In 2018, tourism generated revenues totaling MAD 70 billion.
In addition to Israelis visiting Morocco, a notable number of Moroccans also visited Israel in 2018.
In May 2019, the Population and Immigration Authority announced that 2,108 Moroccans visited Israel in 2018
The statistics revealed that nearly 55,000 tourists, from countries which share no diplomatic ties with Israel, visited the country in 2018..
The majority of Moroccans criticize any move towards normalizing diplomatic ties with Israel.
In February, dozens of activists marched to Morocco’s parliament to protest against any normalization of Morocco’s relations with Israel in the wake of rumors of the possible visit of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Morocco
Morocco’s government denied any plans for a diplomatic visit.