Tourism: the recovery is confirmed

By Nabil Ouzzane on 2022/07/27 at 10:25 p.m. Tourists walk around Jamaâ El Fna square in Marrakech, May 12, 2022. © Copyright: FADEL SENNA / AFP Kiosque360. Some 3.4 million tourist arrivals were recorded at the end of June this year and receipts total more than 20 billion dirhams in foreign currency. This article is a press review taken from the daily newspaper L'Economiste. The indicators are all green for the tourist sector. From one month to another, the figures for the sector are clearly improving. According to the daily L'Economiste, quoting the Minister of Tourism Fatim-Zahra Ammor, some 3.4 million tourist arrivals were recorded at the end of June this year and the receipts total more than 20 billion dirhams in foreign currency. The minister, specifies the daily, spoke on Tuesday July 26 in response to oral questions in the House of Councillors. The number of tourists has thus quadrupled compared to the same period in 2021, and represents 63% of the number of arrivals recorded in 2019. For the month of June alone, the number of tourists reached 1.14 million, an increase 5% compared to the same month of the reference year, i.e. 2019. Revenues are up 173% compared to 2021, with a recovery rate of 71% compared to 2019. The plan emergency fund of 2 billion intended for the support of the tourist sector has made it possible to save the furniture. The ministry is currently focusing on upgrading the tourist offer in order to meet the requirements of foreign and Moroccan customers. For Fatim-Zahra Ammor, the new priorities are the strengthening of air connectivity to develop international and national tourism, the collaboration with international tour operators to promote Morocco as a destination, the organization of an international and national campaign, the development cultural, natural, ecological tourism and outdoor tourism and the improvement of the quality of services and tourist activities as well as the training of human resources. The Minister underlined the major role played by domestic tourism in the economic and social development of the country. A component that contributes to job creation and the revitalization of other economic sectors. It is also a guarantee of the resilience of the tourism sector in the face of crises. According to surveys, 51% of Moroccan tourists prefer seaside tourism, 58% prefer to travel during school holidays and 60% prefer to travel with family, while 72% are more interested in the price of tourist services. On the basis of these data, the ministry is working on the establishment of a solid foundation for the sustainable development of internal tourism through the encouragement of investment in internal tourism and leisure, the creation of stations offering accessible to all Moroccan tourists and coordination with the Ministry of Economy and Finance to create traveller's checks capable of alleviating the burden of expenses for the national tourist. By Nabil Ouzzane