Official sources reveal that 36,447 British tourists visited Morocco in the first three months of 2001, compared to 29,417 tourists in the corresponding period of the previous year.
According to the London-based Al-Sharq Al-Awsat daily, these figures reflect a 23.9 percent increase in visitors to the kingdom over the last year’s figures. In the first eight months of 2000, British tourists spent 338,204 nights in Morocco compared with 305,609 nights over the same period the previous year.
The same sources estimate tourism revenues for the Moroccan treasury to reach two billion dollars per annum. This figure accounts for 7.8 percent of the country’s GDP. The local tourism sector employs approximately 600,000 Moroccans on a yearly average. ― (MENA Report)
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