The new Barcelo Tanger hotel was inaugurated

Fatim-Zahra Ammor, Minister of Tourism, Handicrafts and Social and Solidarity Economy signs along with Mohcine Jazouli, Minister Delegate in charge of Investment, Convergence and Evaluation of Public Policies, a Memorandum of understanding with the Barcelo Group and inaugurates the new Barcelo Tanger hotel. Aiming to stimulate private investment in the tourism sector, Fatim-Zahra Ammor today signed, together with Mohcine Jazouli, a Memorandum of Understanding with the Barcelo Group, consisting of the acquisition and renovation of several hotels in Morocco in order to breathe new life into them and enrich the hotel offer in our country. On the same day, the Minister inaugurated the Barcelo Tanger hotel, a historic property dating from 1950 and which is undergoing a facelift to offer a new experience to travellers. In addition to its strategic location facing the Mediterranean and its proximity to amenities and the main tourist sites of the city of Tangier, the Barcelo Tanger will enrich the bedding capacity of Tangier-Assilah by 400 additional beds to reach an overall capacity of 17,600 beds. It should be recalled that as part of the collaborative roadmap launched by Minister Fatim-Zahra Ammor and on which the Ministry's teams, tourism stakeholders and private sector professionals are working together, the city of Tangier is one of the destinations priorities in view of its tourist potential and its central role in the territorial development of the entire region of Tangier-Tetouan-El Hoceima. Thus, the ambition of the Ministry is to increase the attractiveness of Tangier on several tourist products including the City Break, cultural tourism and business tourism. In this context, Hotel Barcelo will enrich the city's MICE infrastructure with an event space that can accommodate up to 600 people. This investment also reinforces the efforts made in terms of the city's tourist infrastructure, in particular the rehabilitation of the old Medina, a major factor in Tangier's attractiveness. Recall that the “Tangier” destination had an excellent summer season with more than 97,000 international arrivals at tourist accommodation establishments classified between June and August 2022, i.e. a growth of 12% compared to the same period of 2019. Also, two Issuing markets stand out over this same period, namely France with 33% growth and the United Kingdom with 48%. In addition, between January and August 2022, the destination recovered 75% of international arrivals at classified tourist hotel accommodation establishments in 2019. Nationally, Morocco shows a positive balance with 6.8 million arrivals at border posts since the beginning of the year, i.e. 73% of the achievements of 2019, despite the closure of the borders during the first 5 weeks of 2022.