Lonely Planet, a leading global travel guide website, has positioned Morocco among its top travel destinations for 2024.
According to moroccoworldnews.com, the North African country holds the impressive 5th rank on the esteemed list, celebrated for its captivating history, diverse culture, and vibrant landscapes that continue to enchant travelers.
Lonely Planet extols the unique experiences Morocco offers, from camelback adventures in the Sahara Desert to navigating Marrakech souks and exploring the picturesque blue city of Chefchaouen. The travel guide emphasizes Morocco’s enduring appeal and invites readers to immerse themselves in the country’s rich tapestry of food, music, and scenic beauty.
Acknowledging the transformative impact of Morocco’s historic performance at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Lonely Planet highlights the country’s resilient and inspiring journey on the football stage. The magazine recognizes the World Cup achievement as a key factor in Morocco securing its spot on the coveted list for 2024.
Morocco’s popularity surge extends beyond football, with Google search trends soaring by 273% and Wikipedia page visits witnessing a remarkable 453% increase post-tournament, according to media intelligence provider CARMA. The report also notes a 764% surge in social media posts about Morocco, totaling 12.1 million posts, showcasing the enduring legacy of the World Cup success.
Lonely Planet also underscores Morocco’s ascension in the world surf circuit and the revival of its iconic musical festival, Mawazine, as contributing factors to its inclusion in the prestigious list. The recent earthquake in Morocco further amplifies the importance of supporting the country’s recovery through tourism, making 2024 an opportune time to visit, according to local perspectives.
Morocco’s tourism sector has witnessed significant growth, attracting over 11.1 million visitors in the first nine months of 2023, a notable increase from 7.7 million during the same period last year. The country’s recognition as a top travel destination by Lonely Planet reinforces its global appeal and invites travelers to explore its diverse offerings in the coming year.