35 Million Tourists Visited Morocco During First Five Months of 2015

Rabat – The tourism sector in Morocco recorded a slight decline in the number of tourists who visited the Kingdom during the first five months of 2015.According to the Middle East Monitor, citing a report released on Thursday by the Ministry of Tourism, nearly 3.5 million foreigners visited Morocco in the first five months of 2015, marking a fall of 1.1 percent compared to the same period last year.The report said that the majority of tourists who visited the Kingdom in that period were mainly from France, Spain, Germany and Britain. “Italians ranked fifth, followed by Belgians, Dutch and Americans,” the report stated.Despite the slight drop in the number of foreign tourists, the number of domestic tourists reached 199,000, with an increase of 6.8 percent compared to the same period last year.The government is continuing to encourage domestic tourism, which is important revenue for the sector.Last July, the city of Agadir received 83,308 tourists from different nationalities while “the domestic tourists topped the list of arrivals, with a total of 32,057 tourists,” according to a report of the Regional Tourism Council of Souss-Massa-Draa, released on Thursday.In its efforts to boost tourism, the government is trying to attract more visitors from different countries namely Russia, China and Japan.As the second largest sector of Morocco’s economy, tourism accounts for around eight percent of GDP, employing some 500,000 people. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission