After recording a drop in the first quarter of 2015, the income of the tourism sector in Morocco rebounded, with revenues figures increasing in July by 16 percent, according to the latest figures from the Ministry of Tourism.
Despite afall of 1.1 percent in the first five months of 2015, the number of tourists who visited the Kingdom of Morocco increased by 15 percent in July, the report said.
The report noted that nearly 6.025 million foreigners visited Morocco in the first seven months of 2015, marking a slight increase of 1.5 percent in the same period last year.
The Ministry of Tourism pointed out that the highest number of arrivals recorded in July was from Germany, the United Kingdom, and North America.
The Ministry of Tourism pointed out that the above average numbers of German (19.8 percent increase), British (6.2 percent increase), and North American tourists (10.5 percent increase) reduced the severity of the downturn in tourism earlier inthe year.
In July, the city of Agadir received 83,308 tourists of different nationalities while “domestic tourists topped the list of arrivals, with a total of 32,057 tourists,” according to a report of the Regional Tourism Council of Souss-Massa-Draa.
In its efforts to boost tourism, the government is trying to attract more visitors from different countries, namely Russia, China, and Japan.
As the second largest sector of Morocco’s economy, tourism accounts for around eight percent of GDP, employing some 500,000 people.