Tourism Increasingly Important to Morocco’s Development

Tourism Morocco has revealed that tourism is increasingly being considered by senior officials as a strategic sector to promote economic development.

With global tourism demand accounting for 11.4% of national GDP, Tourism Morocco said that the travel industry contributes significantly to creating wealth and reducing unemployment and poverty.

The sector is a major provider of employment, accounting for 515,000 direct jobs in 2016 (2017 data is not yet available) – around 5% of the total jobs in the country. Tourism Morocco said that the country’s tourism industry ended 2016 on a positive note, strengthened by the results achieved during the latter months. Non-resident tourist arrivals totalled 10.3 million, a 1.5% increase compared to 2015. Classified bed capacity also rose, with 11,290 additional beds available in 2016.

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