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Africa: Morocco Surpasses Pre-Covid Tourism Record with 14.5 Million Visitors as Over 1.3 Million Visitors Contribute to GDP in December 2023

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Morocco’s tourism sector has successfully turned the page on the challenges posed by Covid-19, achieving a remarkable milestone by welcoming 14.5 million tourists last year.

According to northafricapost.com, The milestone shows a 12% increase compared to 2019 when Morocco attracted 13 million tourists, the ministry said in a statement.

The growth was triggered by Moroccans living abroad who accounted for 51% of all arrivals, up 27% compared to 2022, it said.

READ: Africa: Morocco Listed Among Top 10 Googled Travel Destination in 2023, Witnessing a 39% Surge in Tourist Arrivals, Reaching $8.7 billion – Conde Nast Traveller

The number of foreign tourists grew 41% as Morocco seals more deals with airlines to bring in more visitors.

The figures are reflective of the competitiveness of Morocco destination, despite a context marked by a surge in geopolitical tensions.

READ: Africa: Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Morocco Clinch Top Tourism Spots with Remarkable Performance In Africa

More than 1.3 million tourists visited Morocco in December giving a boon to a sector that represents about 7% of GDP.

Morocco relies on increasing air routes between Moroccan cities and with European airports to attract more tourists.

In a recent deal, Ryanair said it will launch flights connecting 9 Moroccan cities in summer 2024. It also plans to add 24 new international destinations linking Morocco to key markets in Europe.

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