Authorities in Marrakech and the surrounding region are making efforts to protect all tourists and preserve the image of the Ochre City as a top tourist destination.
The suspects allegedly stole a sum of money in foreign currency from the victims, and then ran away.
Authorities identified the suspects based on the victims’ descriptions and arrested them at their homes.
During the arrest, police seized clothes that matched the victims’ descriptions. The tourists also confirmed the suspects’ identity in a police lineup.
Police put the two suspects in custody for further investigations before their court hearing.
The authorities’ quick response is part of their policy to ensure tourist protection. Tourist protection has gained a lot of importance in the region of Marrakech-Safi in the last year, especially after Imlil murders in December 2018.
Authorities have installed checkpoints and surveillance cameras in several spots, both in Marrakech and in the surrounding region.
In July, Royal Gendarmerie provided quads to its units and mobile officers. The vehicles aim to facilitate monitoring tourists during their visit to the region.
The efforts aim to preserve the image of Marrakech as a top tourist destination.
In September, Morocco’s Tourism Observatory said that 7.544 million tourists visited Morocco by the end of July 2019. The cities of Marrakech and Agadir alone have generated 57% of hotel nights in the first seven months of 2019.
American magazine Forbes also named Marrakech among the top 50 most beautiful cities in the world.