Morocco has received a large number of tourists, following a heavy stint of vaccination in the country.
The North African country was the first in Africa to reopen for air travel and has seen a major boost in the tourism sector as a result of the air travels.
A tourist, Hammou Bouseta had this to say:
“The feeling of being here again in our country is amazing we are so happy to be back thanks to God and to our king,”
In 2019, Morocco received at least some 12 million tourists. Out of this number, over 6 million of them were Moroccan citizens, living in other countries.
However, after the reopening of air travels in this year, the authorities are hoping for about 3.5 million tourists from June 15 to 30th September. This represents just about 72% of the total number for the same period in 2019.
Over the period of 15th June to 21st June, Morocco has received about 196,000 tourists. Out of this number, about 87 percent of them were Europeans. The remaining were North Americans and Africans.
Zakaria Harti, an airport operations manager at the Marrakech Menara Airport said this:
“From the restart of flights on 15th June we have been receiving approximately 4,000 passengers every day and we are hoping these statistics will go up gradually, as there are other flight companies that will resume their flights from and to Marrakesh airport, as you’ve seen everything is going well.”
Reduced Booking Fees To Improve Tourism In Morocco
The rise in tourism is a result of a call from King Mohammed VI for the transport services to reduce their fees so as to encourage the return of Moroccan citizens to their country.
From now on, there is an availability of 42 different airlines, which will serve 43 countries.
Apart from the discount on airfare, there are discounts on rail, bus and coah transport services as well as travel agency services and car rentals. There is also a 30% decrease on hotel prices in the country.
Presently, Morocco is on the United Kingdom’s amber destinations list. This means that tourists returning form Morocco to the UK must be quarantined for at least 10 days and take 2 tests to prove negative of COVID-19 upon their return to the country.
However, for most enthused travellers, this doesn’t prevent them from making their trip to the best hotels and travel destinations in Morocco.
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