A relaxing day by the pool for Pascal and Nathalie Greco. But this holiday has been long time coming. The Canadian tourists have come to Marrakech for the first time since February 2020. They are normally regular visitors to the Moroccan city.
But like so many others around the world, the coronavirus pandemic had put a stop to their jet-setting. So far, they are pleased with their first trip under COVID restrictions.
“Since I arrived, I have felt very comfortable, there is nothing different from what I was doing when I was in my country, so it's really not a problem,” says Pascal. “These are the constraints unfortunately that we are forced to undergo against COVID, wearing masks, but we have no choice, and then we must just be careful.” he said.
Restrictions on flights into the country were relaxed on June 15. Since then, Morocco's tourism industry has had some level of recovery. As well as tourists, Moroccans living abroad have been traveling home to spend time with family for the Islamic feast of Eid al-Adha.
With its climate, attractive hotels, restaurants and traditional markets, Marrakech is a top tourist destination. “It's very difficult when I arrive in Marrakech to go elsewhere, I'm so in love with Marrakech, I find my happiness here, so I'm not moving for the moment,” says Nathalie.
“I have always said that Marrakech is a second Quebec because there is an incredible human warmth.”
Inside the hotel, COVID precautions are more obvious. Guests wear their masks and hand sanitiser is just part of the routine. It's reassuring for guests like Jyl Savoie who has come here from the US.
“Yeah, we're glad that the hotel is taking it seriously and giving us sanitisation when we get in,