Africa: Morocco records loss as tourism revenues plunged by 67.2% in Jan 2021

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North African nation, Morocco has recorded a loss as tourism revenues fell by 67.2% by the end of January 2021, compared to the year before, i.e. a loss of 4.5 billion dirhams, according to the Department of Studies and Financial Forecasts (DEPF).

A report on allafrica.com, reveal that the tourism sector continues to suffer from the repercussions of the pandemic of COVID-19.

DEPF points out in its economic report for the month of March, adding that arrivals to Morocco decreased by 78.9% by the end of November 2020 while overnight stays fell by 72.3%, against increases of 5.3% and 5.2% respectively in 2019.

According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), new variants of COVID-19 have forced several governments to not ease travel restrictions.

At the beginning of February, 32% of destinations worldwide were completely closed to international tourism, for a total of 69 countries, of which 30 countries are located in Asia-Pacific, 15 in Europe, 11 in Africa, 10 in the Americas and 3 in the Middle East.

Over half of these destinations (38) have been closed for at least 40 weeks.

At the same time, 34% of destinations are currently partially closed to international tourists.

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