Morocco expects that the number of Brazilian tourists who visit the country annually will increase in 2018.
According to the director of the Moroccan National Tourist Office (ONMT) delegation in Portugal, Abdellatif Achachi, by the end of 2018 nearly 60,000 Brazilian tourists will spend holidays in his North African country that has a coastline on both the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean.
If the forecast of Mr.Achachi is accurate will confirm a trend since 2017 when the Brazilians who arrived in Morocco were 45,000 which represents a 36% increase over 2016.
Achachi participated this month of the holding in Sao Paulo of the Week of Morocco, a promotional event aiming at highlighting the richness and the cultural and tourist diversity of the Kingdom. The number of Brazilian tourists visiting Morocco in the first two months of 2018 has increased by 38% compared to the same period in 2017.
The Moroccan official said to the press that the circuit of the imperial cities, that of the thousand Kasbahs, as well as the stays in the desert, mainly in Erfoud, Zagora and Ouarzazate, are the main areas which attracted the Brazilian tourists.
Achachi attributed the good results with Brazil to the strengthening of the air link between the two countries that are connected by daily flights, with four departures from Sao Paulo and three more from Rio de Janeiro.
In addition, the introduction of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in 2016 by the national carrier Royal Air Maroc has encouraged an exponential growth in the number of arrivals.
The official also welcomed the success of the week of Morocco noting that throughout the six days of the event, visitors were able to marvel at the beauty of the Moroccan caftan presented in parade and discover an authentic Moroccan tea ceremony with mint to the rhythms of a typical Moroccan music.
He said visitors were also able to discover the beauty of Moroccan crafts, the art of Arabic calligraphy, as well as the charm of the henna tattoo, all proposed on a space of 170m2, dedicated entirely to the culture of the kingdom and to destination Morocco.
Morocco is a wondrous, eye-opening taste of the exotic, with snake charmers and conjurers, souks piled high with hordes of treasures, and endless glasses of mint tea. It’s also an adventure into some of North Africa’s most stunning scenery, with the desert on its doorstep and the craggy heights of the Atlas Mountains beyond.
Experts added that Morocco is also a journey into a timeless, tranquil world of cute coastal villages, colorful-painted towns that cling to hillsides, and remote outposts defended by fairy-tale adobe forts. It’s no wonder Morocco has been feted by artists and writers for decades.