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Morocco could lose 10 million tourists

The impact of the coronavirus health crisis on Moroccan tourism continues. Some studies show that Morocco could lose up to 10 million tourists this year.

An unprecedented loss for Moroccan tourism. The summer season is far from being profitable for tourism professionals whose sector has been hard hit by the health crisis. The cause? The remarkable absence of internal tourists from hotels, especially in the seaside segment, in July. Difficult recovery in tourism activity in this context marked by the Covid-19 pandemic and the state of health emergency.

A Provincial Tourism Council believes that the probability is strong that the achievements of this atypical season of 2020 will bring the sector back to the beginning of the 1980s. Moreover, a statistical study focused on monitoring the repercussions of this health crisis on national tourism shows that the number of arrivals could exceed 2.37 million tourists, which is a huge loss of over 10.5 million tourists compared to the 2019 season. This is mainly due to the 5.5 million foreign tourists staying and 4.9 million Moroccans living abroad less, it is specified.

He added that, the sector lacks visibility on its future. “Apart from a few hotels, the majority of establishments remained empty during the month of July and professionals will sail on sight during August”.

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