Marrakech closed 2017 with a record number of 2 million tourists and 7 million nights.
Figures released by the regional tourism center show that tourists visiting the Red city increased 20% in 2017 while registered nights grew 18% compared to last year.
German tourists visiting Morocco’s first tourist hub rose by 56% followed by the French 19% while Spanish, Scandinavian and local tourists grew by 28%, 90% and 15% respectively.
Morocco has launched Vision 2020, aiming to double the size of tourist sector and boosting revenues to $15bn annually by the end of the decade.
Tourism, which employs 2.5 million people, was worth an estimated 6.6 % of GDP in 2016.