Around 13 million tourists visited Morocco in 2019, scoring a growth rate of 5.2% between 2018 and 2019, official figures by the National Confederation of Tourism (NCT) showed on 05 February 2020.
Tourism revenues hit $8.16 billion in 2019, up from $7.58 billion in 2018, the Moroccan Tourism Observatory said.
Morocco has benefited from increased air links, with low-cost carriers launching new routes to Europe.
The former imperial city of Marrakesh, with its UNESCO-listed Old Town, and Agadir on the coast together accounted for 57% of the 25.2 million hotel stays in 2019, the Observatory said.
Tourism sector in Morocco accounts for about 7% of its GDP and represents 29% of its service exports. 750,000 people work in the tourism sector in Morocco, which is one of the country’s main sources of foreign currency, alongside exports and remittances from Moroccans working abroad.
According to the NCT, there is a 2020 roadmap for tourism in Morocco. It aims to make the North African country a destination that provides a “diversity of experiences to share”.