Morocco sets the goal of attracting 20 million tourists by 2020


fna1Morocco is eyeing to reach the goal of 20 million tourists by the year 2020 with the help of the Wessal Capital, a joint venture investment created by Morocco and four Gulf States, namely the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and KSA. The investment fund is for financing large scale infrastructure projects and spur Morocco’s tourism resources. In 2013, tourist arrivals reached 10 million tourists for the first time and the tourism sector of the nation represented a major 8.6 % of the Moroccan GDP. The sector also helped the country to attract $9.5 billion of tourist receipts.

Recently, Morocco’s Tourism Observatory launched a tourist satisfactory report of 2013, which indicates that 25%of tourists visiting the nation were “very satisfied,” and 45% were “satisfied”. About 87% of total number of tourists said that they either “really want to’’ or “want to’’ visit Morocco again. Marrakesh and Rabat are the favourite cities of tourists, followed by Agadir.

Additionally, Moroccan National Tourist Office reported that Morocco is welcoming more number of Spanish travellers than ever before. Morocco received more than 680,000 visitors from Spain in 2013 and in 2014 it expects to welcome 745,000 Spanish tourists.

“Morocco is targeting new international tourism markets such as the Gulf countries, Eastern Europe and Latin America, by diversifying and consolidating the infrastructure sector, which represents 8.5% of the GDP,” Minister of Tourism, Lahcen Haddad said.