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Rabat Basks in Tourism Boom, Welcomes Record Overnight Stays

Thursday 13 June 2024 - 15:50
Rabat Basks in Tourism Boom, Welcomes Record Overnight Stays

In a remarkable display of Morocco's burgeoning tourism prowess, the enchanting city of Rabat has recorded an impressive 257,472 overnight stays in classified tourist establishments by the end of April this year. This figure, as reported by the esteemed Moroccan Tourism Observatory, represents a significant 6% year-on-year increase, surpassing the 243,653 overnight stays recorded during the same period last year.

The Observatory attributes this stellar performance to the surge in arrivals at the Rabat-Sale airport, which welcomed 175,566 tourists this year, a notable increase from the 135,094 visitors during the corresponding period in 2022. The volume of overnight stays in classified establishments witnessed a remarkable 7% change compared to the same period in the previous year, further underscoring Rabat's allure as a premier tourist destination.

Foreign exchange earnings from non-resident tourist activities in Morocco amounted to an impressive MAD 31 million between January and April, showcasing the nation's unwavering commitment to bolstering its tourism industry, as highlighted by the Observatory's insights.

This resounding success is a testament to Morocco's ambitious vision to elevate its tourism sector to unprecedented heights. On Wednesday, the Ministry of Tourism celebrated a significant resurgence in the country's hospitality industry, with tourist arrivals surpassing an impressive 5.9 million by the end of May – a remarkable 15% increase compared to the same period last year. Last month alone, Morocco welcomed an astonishing 1.3 million visitors, further exemplifying the nation's allure as a prime travel destination.

"The influx of an additional 772,000 tourists in just five months is a remarkable achievement for our tourism sector," declared Minister of Tourism Fatim-Zahra Ammor with justified pride. These upbeat figures come as Morocco continues to invest in concerted efforts aimed at attracting an ambitious 17 million tourists by 2026 and an remarkable 26 million visitors by 2030.

According to the Minister, Morocco invested a staggering $8 billion last year to bolster its hospitality industry. "We have meticulously planned promotions, air travel options, and hospitality experiences to ensure an exceptional experience for our visitors," she affirmed, underscoring the nation's unwavering commitment to elevating its tourism offerings.

As Rabat basks in the warm glow of this tourism boom, it serves as a shining example of Morocco's unwavering dedication to positioning itself as a premier travel destination, captivating visitors with its rich tapestry of culture, history, and unparalleled hospitality.


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