Marrakech continues to top world travel favourites

Marrakech continues to rank among the world’s top travel favourites for 2017, with Le Monde and Trivago highlighting the Red City as one to visit.

The French daily ranked Marrakech in its list of the world’s top 20 destinations for 2017, alongside such destinations as the Sultanate of Oman, Colombia and Zimbabwe.

Since the World Climate Summit, COP22, Le Monde notes that Marrakech has a new terminal, following the inauguration of its Marrakech-Menara airport terminal.

“Hotels are always more numerous and the high-end hotel construction market has soared to unprecedented levels,” noted the newspaper.

Le Monde’s report sees the publication join the New York Times in ranking the city as a star of 2017.

The city’s tourist market is also expected to enjoy a boost this year from the reopening of Air France’s Marrakech-Roissy air route, with three flights operating a week.

Indeed, Marrakech is very popular among French tourists, in particular, with recently revealing that the Red City is the seventh most preferred destination for celebrating the New Year, behind New York, Paris and Dubai and ahead of Bangkok.


Marrakech ranked top destination to visit in 2017

6th January

Marrakech has been ranked among the world’s top destinations to visit in 2017.

A new report from The New York Times highlights the best places for tourists to travel to in the coming 12 months and Marrakech is included, alongside such destinations as Hamburg, Dubrovnik, the Atacama Desert in Chile and the whole of Canada.

The Red City is named the 11th best destination to visit, with the newspaper highlighting a new museum that is dedicated to Yves Saint Laurent as the must-see attraction of the year.

The museum will “debut this fall in Marrakesh”, it says, showcasing “thousands of sketches, couture garments and accessories”.

“The 43,000-square-foot structure sits adjacent to the Jardin Majorelle, which will celebrate its 60th anniversary as a public garden in 2017 (Saint Laurent saved it from demolition). The much-visited attraction also houses a museum dedicated to Berber culture and the designer’s private residence, Villa Oasis,” adds the publication.

Marrakech’s position in the spotlight arrives as the country announced that it saw 8.1 million visitors travel to the popular Moroccan hotspot in the first nine months of 2016 – up 0.3 per cent from the same period of 2015.

Chinese tourists have played a significant part in the country’s rising tourist figures: according to Ctrip and the China Travel Academy, but 2016 saw a 3,500 per cent year-on-year increase in Chinese visa applications to Morocco.


Chinese tourists flock to Morocco

7th December 2016

Chinese tourists are flocking to Morocco this year, boosting visitor numbers to Marrakech.

8.1 million visitors travelled to the popular Moroccan hotspot in the first nine months of 2016, according to official figures. They mark a rise of 0.3 per cent from the same period of 2015.

Along with Agadir, Marrakech made up 60 per cent of the country’s overnight stays, up 3 per cent and 2 per cent from last year respectively. Fex saw overnight stays decline 12 per cent, while Rabat saw adrop of 2 per cent. The number of visitors to Tangier and Casablanca, meanwhile, rose 7 per cent and 5 per cent respectively.

The number of expats visiting Marrakech from abroad jumped 3.8 per cent compared to the same period in 2015, reveals the data from Morocco’s Tourism Observatory. Visits from foreign tourists, on the other hand, fell 3.5 per cent year-on-year, with British visitors declining by 7 per cent and German tourists slipping 3 per cent.

Not all countries saw visitor numbers decline, though: tourists from Holland rose 2 per cent, and tourists from Belgium and Spain both increased by 1 per cent, reports Morocco’s news agency, MAP. Russia and China, in particular, led the way, with Russian visitors doubling between January and September 2016, while the number of Chinese tourists surged 180 per cent.

The figures arrive as Morocco becomes an increasingly popular destination for Chinese tourists. South Korea, Thailand and Japan are the most sought-after destinations, according to a report from Ctrip and the China Travel Academy, but this year has seen a 3,500 per cent year-on-year increase in Chinese visa applications to Morocco processed by Ctrip.

Indeed, the two countries are increasingly working together, with Chinese and Moroccan group HAITE announcing earlier this year a $10 billion plan to set up a residential and industrial park in Tangiers, which will house 300,000 employees.