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Tourism: 4.1% increase in tourist arrivals in Morocco

Nearly 2.506 million tourists visited Morocco between January and March 2019, an increase of 4.1% compared to the same period a year earlier (+4% for foreign tourists and +5% for Moroccans living abroad), according to the Tourism Observatory.

The main issuing markets saw an increase in arrivals during this period, in particular France (+10%), Italy and Holland (+8%), Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom (+3%), and Spain (+1%), says the Observatory in its latest note on tourism statistics in Morocco.

For their part, the total nights spent in classified tourist accommodation establishments recorded a rise of 4% at the end of March, says the same source, noting that the two tourist centers Marrakech and Agadir alone generated 59% of overnight stays Total.

These two destinations registered positive results, respectively increases of 8% and 4%, the Observatory continues, noting that Tangier also posted a good performance with +9%.

For their part, Fez and Rabat stagnated while Casablanca recorded a negative result of -3%.

For the month of March 2019 alone, the number of tourist arrivals at the border posts decreased by -1.6% compared to March 2018 (-4.3% for foreign tourists and +3.9% for Moroccans living abroad).

The main issuing markets recorded mixed results with +9% for the Netherlands, +7% for France, +5% for Italy, -6% for the United Kingdom and -11% for Spain.

At the same time, the number of overnight stays in classified establishments increased by 8% in March 2019, the same source said, noting that Marrakech and Agadir recorded increases of 10% and 11% respectively.

In addition, Tangier posted a significant increase of +13%, followed by Rabat and Casablanca with 5% and 4% respectively, while Fez saw a slight decrease in March of -2%, says the same source.

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