More than 7 mn tourists visit Morocco-Minister

Written by Agencies | Rabat, January 31: | Updated: Jan 31 2008, 18:40pm hrs
Around 7.45 million tourists visited Morocco in 2007, a 13 percent rise from 2006, generating tourism earnings of USD 7.7 billion, said Tourism and Craft Industry Minister Mohamed Boussaid.

France continued to top the list with 2.85 million tourists, followed by Spain (1.6 million), Belgium (431,000), Britain (419,000), Italy (370,000), the Netherlands (361,000), and Germany (296,000), the minister told a media briefing.

Tuesday while presenting the results of tourism activities in 2007.

Except for the southern cities of Ouarzazate and Agadir, all tourist destinations in Morocco received more tourists last year. Casablanca topped the list with an increase of 9.0 percent, followed by Fez (8.0 percent), Rabat (5.0 percent), Marrakech (5.0 percent) and Tangier (3.0 percent).

"Tourism has become the chief source of investments and job creation in the Kingdom, as well as a driving force for sustainable development, contributing 8.0 percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP)," Boussaid said.

Morocco has set a goal of attracting 10 million tourists by 2010 and to achieve that, has devised a strategy Vision 2010.