There were 164,250 tourists stayed in the first half of 2014 in different hotels, tourist residences and guest houses in the province of Ouarzazate, an increase of 19% compared to the same period last year with only 137 542 arrivals.
According to statistics released by the Ministry of Tourism, Arrivals of French tourists reached to 39,577 which record an increase of 2% against last year’s same period result.
The largest increase in arrivals was recorded from Poland with a jump of 103% or 3,257 tourists this year. The German and Spanish markets also rose sharply by 30% with 2, 444 arrivals and 76% with 12,772 arrivals respectively. Ouarzazate’s tourism sector appears to also increase by 24% in terms of nights stays.
Tourist establishments in the province have accumulated 236, 890 overnight stays during the first six months of the year, against 190,894 in the same period in 2013. Occupancy rate of hotel establishments is also on an upward trend with a performance of 29 %, against 21% a year earlier.