Arrivals in Morocco surged in the first seven months of 2014

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Tourism in Morocco is doing better in 2014 according to the latest tourism statistics at the end of July 2014.

Arrivals in Morocco surged in the first seven months of 2014

Arrivals in Morocco surged in the first seven months of 2014

During the first seven months of the year, the volume of arrivals at the border reached 5.93 million tourists, an increase of 8% compared to the results of year 2013 stated on the data provided by the General Directorate of National Security. Consequently, the main source markets recorded positive results, especially Germany, which was improved by 9%, the UK which increased by 20%, and Italy, which saves an increase of 13%. In the same vein, France, Belgium and Spain also posted increases of 8%, 65 and 7% respectively. Meanwhile, at the end of July 2014, total overnight stays in classified tourist accommodation establishment increase by 5% compared to the same period in 2013.

The two tourist centers, Marrakech and Agadir recorded increases of 6% and 5% and they alone generated 61% of total additional night stays during the first seven months of 2014 other destinations like Casablancaposted with very positive results, which recorded a 5% increase, Fes with an increase of 9%, Rabat and Tangier with 4% and 5%. Also, the occupancy rate until the end of July 2014 recorded an increase of one percentage point to reach 43%.compared to 2013.

The Office of Exchange stressed that during the first seven months of 2014, revenue from tourism by non-residents in Morocco amounted to 30.94 billion dirham against 29.67 billion dirham in 2013, an increase of 4.3%. Regarding the achievements of the month of July 2014, the figures show that tourism did well with the holy month of Ramadan this year. Thus, the number of tourist arrivals at border posts has increased by 14% compared to 2013.

On the month of July 2014, traveling in foreign exchange revenues were $ 4.88 billion dirham, an increase of 3.3% compared to the same month the past year.

Mohamed Dekkak