Travel & Tourism
Tourism has long been a fundamental pillar of Morocco’s economy. Moroccan Tourism Observatory has reported that more than 5.4 million tourist arrived in Morocco in the first half of 2019. Tourism industry saw an increase in arrivals from a range of countries especially from France, Italy, German, and Spain.
In 2018, tourism contributed more than eight percent to the country’s GDP, employing more than 2.5 million people both directly and indirectly, accounting for almost 25 percent of the total Moroccan workforce. Tourism is considered to be a development accelerator, which contributes to reducing income inequalities between regions and provides alternative employment opportunities.
Massive investments in new infrastructure, such as new airport terminals, roads and railways, and the relaxed visa requirements for citizens of some countries, such as China, are two factors in Morocco’s success.
- Morocco’s tourism ministry has signed a “co-marketing partnership” agreement with Ctrip, China’s largest online travel agency, to promote Chinese tourism in Morocco.
- Royal Air Maroc will start flying to Beijing’s new Daxing International Airport from January 2020 onwards.
- Luxury hospitality brand St. Regis Tamuda Bay will mark its debut in Morocco by mid-2020