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Morocco got record 11.35m tourists last year: Minister

 The Islamic Chamber of Commerce , Industry and Agriculture (ICCIA)

Morocco has registered a record of 11.35 million tourists in 2017, up by 10 per cent compared to a year earlier, according to the statistics released by Tourism Ministry recently.

Arrivals from the traditional European markets showed an increase of 15 per cent in German tourists, 9 per cent in Dutch and Italian tourists.

About 8 per cent increase was recorded in the arrivals of French and Spanish visitors. The increase was also driven by the surge in the emerging tourist markets especially China, Japan and Brazil.

Chinese arrivals jumped 151 per cent, while Japanese and Brazilian visitors rose 39 and 38 per cent respectively.

Morocco’s main tourist destinations, Marrakesh and Agadir, witnessed 17 and 11 per cent increase in tourist arrivals, while the old city of Fez and the desert town of Ouarzazate showed the highest increase with a growth of 39 and 37 per cent.

Morocco and China discussed here means to bolster bilateral cooperation in the area of infrastructure. Moroccan Minister of Equipment, Transportation, Logistics and Water Abdelkader Amara and visiting Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce Qian Keming reviewed the current bilateral ventures in infrastructure development, exploring prospects of future bilateral partnership in this field.

Amara commended the level of cooperation between Morocco and China, stressing that the establishment of strategic partnership between Rabat and Beijing in 2016 consolidated bilateral cooperation.