MOROCCO: GCC tourist numbers on the increase


Morocco, where tourism accounts for around 8 to 9 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP), is witnessing a dramatic rise in number of tourists from the GCC. Around $418 million was spent in Morocco in 2013 by tourists from the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, including Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and the UAE.

Morocco hit a record of 10 million tourists in the same year and a further rise is expected over the coming period. Morocco is witnessing an economic upswing, according to recent government data released in April 2015, which showed a 4.4 per cent growth in Morocco’s economy in the first quarter.

According to Stephan Killinger, of Morocco’s renowned coastal  Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort: “The GCC is a key market for Mazagan. We are taking the accommodation and entertainment offers to a new level, matching European quality accommodation at better prices and with excellent climate throughout the year, the demand is boosted by pleasant weather, attractive packages and easy travel logistics between the kingdom and GCC countries.

“Morocco is one of the magnets of global tourism today, combining a rich, intoxicating culture, a wealth of natural beauty, and an exceptional year-round climate. As key leaders in the hospitality industry in the Kingdom, we take a frontline role in competing at the international level and tapping into new markets. This has led us over the past few years to be positioned as one of the preferred destinations worldwide. We are offering unmatched packages that can cater to the expectations of each family member,” concluded Killinger.





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