Morocco has more than 3,000 lodging companies categorized in late 2013

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With more than 3,000 tourist accommodation establishments, the supply rated tourist accommodation has been a substantial change in the last decade in Morocco.

Morocco has more than 3,000 lodging companies categorized in late 2013

Morocco has more than 3,000 lodging companies categorized in late 2013

In 2013, the number of accommodation establishments classified reached 3,006 units against 2,754 in 2012, an increase of 9%, according to the Statistical Yearbook 2013 of the Tourism Observatory. Thus, these institutions have 207,572 beds, an increase of 5% compared to 2012.

The breakdown of the supply of accommodation classified indicates a substantial increase in the bed capacity of 1-star hotels which amounted to + 14%, representing 18% of the additional capacity in 2013, followed by guesthouses which reached 8%, contributing to a 13% stake in the additional bed capacity. Serviced apartments are in third place, recording an increase of 8% (13% of the additional capacity). As a reminder, since 2010, the bed capacity increased 17.5%, or an annual growth rate of 5.5%.

The guest houses representing 22% of the additional capacity, increased by 44%. While the bed capacity hotel residences increased 47% during the same period. Except for hotel clubs, which were down in units (-2% between 2012 and 2013), all other categories of accommodation recorded increases. 1-star hotels have undergone major changes of 14%, followed by residential hotels (12%), and in third place are the guest houses (9%).

Furthermore, analysis by category of tourist accommodations in Morocco shows a predominance of guest houses (up to 48%) in the number of establishments, while they actually represent only 11 % of the total bed capacity.

4-star hotels account for only 6% of tourism facilities in the country and concentrate 23% of the national bed capacity. Regarding the 5-star hotels, they represent 16% of the bed capacity and constitute 3% of the total number of establishments. Regarding the hotel supply the average number of rooms per establishment increases proportionately the hotel ranking. 1-star hotels have 27 rooms per establishment, the average is 35 to 2 * hotels, 68 hotels 3-star 131 to 4-star hotels and 5-star hotels are the type of accommodation that has the more bedrooms per unit, the average is 207 rooms.

Clubs hotels are the highest with 227 rooms per establishment average. In contrast, guest houses have, in turn, had the lowest average number of bedrooms per unit (7 rooms per guest house).

Mohamed Dekkak