TOURISM INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT TO MOROCCO’S DEVELOPMENT

Tourism Morocco has revealed that tourism is increasingly being considered by senior officials as a strategic sector to promote economic development.

With global tourism demand accounting for 11.4% of national GDP, Tourism Morocco says that the travel industry contributes significantly to creating wealth and reducing unemployment and poverty. The sector is also a major provider of employment, accounting for 515,000 direct jobs in 2016 (2017 data is not yet available) – around 5% of the total jobs in the country.
Tourism Morocco said that the country’s tourism industry ended 2016 on a positive note, strengthened by the results achieved during the latter months. Non-resident tourist arrivals totalled 10.3 million, a 1.5% increase compared to 2015.
Classified bed capacity also rose, with 11,290 additional beds available in 2016.


MAYOTTE TAKES LEADERSHIP OF VANILLA ISLANDS

Mayotte has “taken the helm” of the Indian Ocean’s Vanilla Islands project.

The Vanilla Islands grouping was created in August 2010 to promote and market tourism in the Indian Ocean under a common brand. The President of the Departmental Council of Mayotte, Soibahadine Ibrahim Ramadani, was handed over the mandate to lead the regional grouping on February 8, 2018, thus assuming the rotating presidency of the Vanilla Islands, taking over from the Comoros, which was leading the organisation for the past year. Mayotte is the last among the six member states to assume the presidency of the organisation.