Morocco sees promising surge of overseas tourists

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2.1 million tourists visited Morocco in the first quarter of 2017

After a slight growth last year amid security challenges, Morocco’s key tourism sector sees a promising surge of tourists from around the globe.

In 2016, visitor arrivals barely raised by 1.5 percent from 2015 to stood at 10.3 million tourists, falling far short of the expected increase to reach an ambitious official target of 20 million per year by 2020.

According to data from the Moroccan Tourism Ministry, some 4.6 million tourists visited Morocco between January and June 2017, a 9 percent increase year on year.

Tourists from the United States grew by 27 percent, Germany by 12 percent, the Netherlands 8 percent, Spain 7 percent and France 5 percent, which represent growth in visitor numbers from key markets of Moroccan tourism.

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