Morocco is Most Popular NonEuropean Tourist Destination for Spaniards

By zackaria wadghiriRabat – Spain is determined to improve cooperation with Morocco in the tourism sector, Spanish Minister of Industry, Trade, and Tourism Reyes Maroto said Wednesday in Madrid.Spain and Morocco are strong partners “who share a common history and enjoy strong relations,” added Maroto after a meeting with Moroccan Minister of Tourism, Air transport, Crafts, and Social Economy Mohammed Sajid, at the 39th International Tourism Fair (FITUR) in Madrid.Read Also: Morocco and Bahrain Discuss Tourism Cooperation“Spain is the second [most popular] market for tourists to Morocco after France and Morocco is the top destination for Spanish tourists outside Europe,” said Secretary of State to the Minister of Tourism Lamia Boutaleb. Maroto asserted that the renewed memorandum of understanding between the two kingdoms in tourism, expected in 2019, will add new momentum to this cooperation.Read Also: Tourism in Morocco: High Occupancy Rates Despite Murders of 2 TouristsThrough the new memorandum, said Maroto, “we will be able to formalize the future of our relations in the tourism industry, not least by finding in the common culture, we share a project that will allow visitors who come to Spain to enjoy Morocco” and vice versa.Held for the first time in 1980, FITUR is a global gathering of tourism professionals. The event attracted 251,000 visitors in 2018.Over 12 million tourists visited Morocco in 2018, up 8 percent from 2017. Inbound tourism in Spain dropped by 4.9 percent in July 2018 compared to the same period in 2017, the largest fall in eight years, reported the Telegraph.