This performance represents twice the average growth rate of world tourism according to statistics from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), specifies the CRT in a press release sanctioning the work of a meeting of its executive committee held at the start of the week in Marrakech.
The ochre city thus recorded more than 8 million overnight stays during the previous year with an occupancy rate of 61%, the CRT noted. The figure marks the biggest year-on-year increase of any city in Morocco in 2018, the most recent full year of tourism statistics that the Ministry of Tourism has reported.
Marrakech remains the primary destination for tourists in Morocco, with the coastal city of Agadir coming second. Sixty percent of all overnight tourist stays in Morocco were in either Marrakech or Agadir in 2018.
On the menu for this meeting, which took place in the presence of the president of the CRT, Hamid Bentahar, the director-general of the Moroccan National Tourist Office (ONMT), Adel El Fakir, the presidents of the provincial tourism councils under the Marrakech-Safi region, as well as representatives of the central directorates of the Ministry of Tourism, the Wilaya, the National Airport Office (ONDA) and the Regional Investment Center (CRI), also featured the presentation of the plan actions 2020, in addition to debates around various questions relating to the sector.