A London based tourism industry website publishes an article citing that the most popular destination in the Northern African Region is the Kingdom of Morocco.
Moroccan tourism sector has contributed more than 8.6% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2013, $ 9.5 billion, while revenues are expected to grow 8.1% in 2014 compared to the year previous, the newspaper said.
The 2014 summer season will be “catastrophic” for Egypt, “poor” for Tunisia and “good” for Morocco, said the publication in an analysis of the prospects of the tourism market in the South of the Mediterranean.
According to forecasts by the Moroccan National Tourist Office (ONMT), cited by the tourism review website, more than 11 million foreign tourists are expected in 2014 in Morocco. The Kingdom is working to strengthen its reception capacities, air links and partnerships with major tour operators in the world.
According to data from the Ministry of Tourism, the sector contributes significantly to the wealth creation and reduces unemployment and poverty, representing about 12% of GDP.
Tourism is also the second largest provider of employment in Morocco and is an important source of foreign exchange generator next to remittances from Moroccans living abroad.
Indeed, the revenue generated by non-residents who have stayed in Morocco are located in 2013 (excluding international transport) to nearly 57.5 billion dirhams.