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Morocco received 9.5 million tourists in 9 months

A total of 9.5 million tourists visited Morocco during the first nine months of 2018, an increase of 8% over the same period a year earlier, according to the Tourism Observatory.

The number of foreign tourists (TES) increased by 14%, while the arrivals of Moroccans living abroad (MRE) increased by 2%, says the Observatory in its statistics on Moroccan tourism for the month of September 2018.

This increase affected the main issuing markets, particularly Italy (+ 14%), Germany (+ 10%), France (+ 7%) and Holland (+ 5%), says the Observatory.

Regarding the total nights registered in classified tourist accommodation establishments, they increased by 9% at the end of September 2018 (+ 13% for non-resident tourists and + 1% for residents).

The two tourist hubs Marrakesh and Agadir alone generated 60% of total nights at the end of September, observes the Observatory, which notes that these two destinations have experienced an increase of 10% and 9%, respectively.

Other destinations also performed well, especially Fez, Rabat and Tangier with increases of 21%, 11% and 10% respectively, the same source added.

During the month of September 2018, the number of arrivals of tourists at the border posts increased by 8% compared to the same month of 2017 (+ 18% for the TES and + 2% for the MRE), according to the Observatory.

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