Tourism is booming in Morocco

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Contrary to reports suggesting that tourist arrivals to Morocco’s main destinations will drop after Paris terrorist attacks, official figures show that the number of visitors to Agadir in November increased by 30 percent compared to the same period in 2014.

The number of British holidaymakers who visited the southern city of Morocco increased by 16 percent, while the number of tourists from Saudi Arabia grew by 47 percent last month compared to the same period last year.

On the other hand, fewer French and German tourists visited Agadir last month compared to November 2014. French tourist arrivals dropped by 15 percent and German tourist arrivals decreased by 5 percent.

The number of Polish tourists who visited Agadir in November also dropped by 41 percent.

These figures were disclosed by head of the Regional Tourism Council of Souss-Massa-Draa Youssef Maoun in an interview with Medis24.

Youssef Maoun expects the number of tourist arrivals in Agadir to drop by 5 percent by the end of this year.

The news comes after Morocco’s Tourism Minister, Lahcen Haddad, said that some French tourists canceled their bookings to Morocco in the wake of the terrorist attacks that hit Paris last month.

Morocco is currently launching a new promotion strategy of Moroccan destinations based on a diversification of markets.

Earlier this month, a large Moroccan delegation of tourism industry representatives traveled to Russia on a three-day working visit to encourage tourism between the two countries.

The Moroccan delegation sought to boost Morocco’s presence in the Russian market during the visit, with the aim of attracting 100,000 Russian tourists in 2016.

Morocco, One of world most beautiful countries

Taroudant – The diversity of Morocco’s landscapes, waterfalls, beaches, desert, climate and culture makes it among the world’s most beautiful countries.
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Through its geographical position in the Mediterranean basin, the Kingdom, thanks to its rich nature and diverse landscapes, always makes it to the lists of famous countries that appear regularly in the world’s best tourist destinations.

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Akchour Waterfalls

A little paradise on earth located 30 kilometers from the city of Chefchaoun in the valley of Talembote, the waterfall of Akchour is a pristine natural beauty and offers guarantee an amazing scenery.

Akchour is an uplifting cascade, attracting more and more tourists since the opening of the natural park of Talassemtane.

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The dam of Bin el Ouidane

The dam of Bin el Ouidane is located in the province of Azilal, designed by engineer André Coyne.

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Merzouga is a small Saharan village located in the southeast of Morocco, 35 km from Rissani and 50 km from Erfoud.

Being one of the best tourist destination of the kingdom, the desert is an ideal place for vast open places, sand lovers and those travelers who love to observe the sun rising over the dunes in very majestic moments.

Merzouga is home to Erg Chebbi, one of the largest ergs in the kingdom located in the south east, lining the Algerian border, covering an area of 50 kilometers.

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Ouzoud Waterfalls

The waterfalls of Ouzoud, which received the Certificate of Excellence 2014 by the international travel website, TripAdvisor, are one of the most popular sites in Morocco, providing uplifting sightseeing.

The falls of Ouzoud, which is a Berber name meaning “the process of grinding grains,” lie in a beautiful and friendly small village. The falls provide visitors with stunning views and strenuous, rewarding experiences for hikers.

Dakhla

Dakhla

Dakhla, a southern Moroccan city, where the Atlantic gigantic dunes meet the golden dunes of sand in the desert, is one of Morocco’s beautiful cities.

In addition to the beauty of the city, which will ensure a comfortable stay for the tourists, Dakhla is one of the country’s most attractive venues for wave riders.

The city gained international recognition as an essential destination and a haven for surfer and water sports enthusiasts.

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Legzira beach

Legzira beach is located about ten kilometres from the city of Sidi Ifni in the southern region of Morocco. Its uniqueness is that it has four arches carved into the cliff by the tides.

Last year, the beach ranked 29th among the 40 best beaches on earth.

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Marc Chika lagoon in Nador

The Nador lagoon, also called Mar Chica, a Spanish name, meaning a small sea, is a lagoon on the Mediterranean coast, between Nador and Melilla. It is at the heart of a vast redevelopment project.

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The Todra Valley Gorge

At 15 km (9 miles) from the center of the province of Tinghir, the entrance to the High Atlas, there is a huge gorge in the Todra valley. The high limestone cliffs rise 300 meters above the ground and peak at 2500 meters. Some of them have never been climbed. For thousands of years, the Todra river carved the cliffs, which are decorated with beautiful colors by the sun.

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Toubkal Mountain

With its 4,167 meters high, Mount Toubkal is the highest peak of the High Atlas, Morocco and North Africa. Located sixty kilometers from Marrakech, the mountain is known for its snowy peaks throughout the year, and attracts thousands of hikers.

Jebel Toubkal, the highest peak in Morocco, is home to Africa’s highest ski resort, located 10,000 feet above sea level on Grande Combe, in Jebel Attar in the chain of the Atlas Mountains.

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Paradise Valley waterfalls

On the road of Imouzzer Ida Outanane, 56 km from Agadir, there is a small rest stop. This is where the adventure to Paradise Valley begins. Mountains, forests, and rivers surround this beautiful place. It is composed of three major waterfalls with immense natural turquoise swimming pools.

Written by Larbi Larbaoui

Culinary art of Morocco

They said that there are three cuisines in the world that topping all, French cuisine, chineese cuisine and Moroccan cuisine, but not in this order…

Moroccan cuisine is taking westerners especially in North America by a storm. It is indeed most recognized for those who are more into adequate, healthy and balanced diet. Moroccan cuisine is not only diverse and esthetic but also very health when it is done properly.

We do offer cooking classes in most of our tours in Morocco.

History of Morocco in the Moorish Time

The History of Morocco goes up to the caveman era over 120 000 years ago. Remnants of this era is yet to be explored as these caves exist basically in every valley along the Atlantic shore and in the Atlas Mountains and Valleys. Even the Neanderthal has his contribution in the blessed land called Morocco. later on in time the Berbers, natives of North Africa brought this part of the ancient world to uncountable encounters with biblical history. The Neolithic era is known to be the most documented in Morocco and North Africa in general. Judaism is first monotheistic religion to be introduced by the Jews who came first as merchants in Phoenician vessels later on as the last tribe who came via the Sahara wondering to settle in the Southeast of Morocco after the destruction of the Solomon temple. Romans brought Christianity and the Arabs sealed the deal with Islam. All the three religions have significantly contributed to the development of human intellect in this part of the world. Later to be recognized by its unsurpassed reality that shaped the world today, namely the Moorish Civilization…

by Hamid Mernissi.

Travel to Morocco from Poland

Morocco: A Favorite Destination for Polish Tourists
Rabat – The number of Polish tourists that visited Morocco in 2014 was 64,650. This marks an increase of 35%, compared to 2013.

While the number of vacation bookings from France to Morocco decreased by 60% in January, Polish tourism in Morocco increased by 25%. The same positive trend was recorded for February 2014.

In 2014, Polish tourists spent 350,000 nights in Morocco, compared to 2013, in which Polish tourists spent 246,422 nights in Morocco. This is an increase of 42%.

The Moroccan National Tourist Office, in partnership with the Embassy of Morocco, presented a station at the 22nd annual event for tourism “Glob Fair” in Katowice, Poland. Representatives of Morocco were steadily busy providing information and answering questions from the Polish attendees. There is a great interest regarding the tourist attractions Morocco has to offer.

Many individuals from Poland show great interest in the city of Agadir, for it’s beautiful beaches and sunny days.

For Morocco, the Polish market has become the first in Eastern and Central Europe, in terms of visitors. The Moroccan National Tourist Office has implemented an action plan to boost sales in this market, with a goal of attracting 100,000 Polish tourists by 2018.

Marrakech Chosen World’s Top Tourist Destination

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Marrakech Chosen World’s Top Tourist Destination: TripAdvsior

Rabat – Marrakech has been named the world’s number one destination for travelers, says the 2015 Travelers’ Choice awards for Destinations conducted by leading travel website TripAdvisor.

Marrakech climbed five spots from 2014 to become the world’s No.1 destination, according to TripAdvisor.

The ranking, published on Tuesday, based on travelers’ reviews to select its 2015 2015 Travelers’ Choice award winners for the world’s top destination.

According to TripAdvisor, Marrakech is “a magical place, brimming with markets, gardens, palaces, and mosques. Exploring the intimate courtyards and snaking alleyways of the historic Medina can easily eat up a day. Find inner peace at the serene Jardin Majorelle or take in the beauty of one of the city’s historic mosques.”

Marrakech is followed by Siem Reap, Cambodia, Istanbul, Turkey, Hanoi, Vietnam, Prague, Czech Republic, London, England, Rome, Italy, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Paris, France, and Cape Town, South Africa.

Morocco is a Great Destination for Muslim Travelers

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Rabat- Morocco has been ranked among the best destinations for Muslim travelers within the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, according to the MasterCard and CresentRating’s 2015 Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI).

With a score of 64.4 out of 100, the results saw Morocco take the ninth place on the list for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) destinations, right between Jordan (8th) and Brunei (10th). However, the kingdom had better results. It was ranked in the sixth place in the 2014 edition of the GMTI.

Malaysia topped the list with a score of 83.8 out of 100 in the Index jointly conducted by US payment company MasterCard and CresentRating, the world’s leading authority on Halal-friendly travel.

It is followed by Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Indonesia, and Oman. Singapore topped the list for non-OIC countries ahead of Thailand, the United Kingdom, South Africa, France, Belgium, Hong Kong, the United States, Spain and Taiwan.

The ranking took into account several criteria to choose Muslim-friendly destinations including, suitability as a family holiday destination, safety for Muslims, the number of Muslim visitor arrivals, the level of services and facilities it provides for Muslim travelers (Halal dining options, availability of prayer spaces, accommodation, airport services), and the ease of communication.

In 2014, 108 Muslim travelers spent an estimated $145 billion, according to the two companies. They represent 10% of the global travel economy and the numbers are expected to grow to 150 million travelers by 2020 and spend nearly $200 billion per year. The study aims to provide travellers, Governments, travel services and investors with comprehensive benchmarks across a number of important criteria to enable them track the health and growth of the Muslim travel segment.