Moroccan Tourism Sector on the Rise Report

Casablanca – In January 2017, overseas visitor arrivals at border posts increased by 10% relative to the same period of the previous year. Foreign tourists and Moroccans living abroad arrivals jumped by 13% and 7% year-on-year respectively.Visits from main EU markets were higher than January 2016: +13% for Spain, +8% for Germany and the Netherlands and +6% for France and Belgium. Furthermore, figures from the other markets show very encouraging signs: +1350% for China, +29% for the U.S., +41% for South Korea, +84% for Russia and +55% for Japan.Total visitor arrivals at border posts grew from January 2010 to January 2017 at a CAGR of 2.2% thanks to both foreign tourists arrivals which increased by a CAGR of 3.4%, and Moroccans living abroad arrivals which rose by a CAGR of 3% in the same period.As far as overnight stays are concerned, they leaped by 11% driven by a 21% increase in overnight stays by  non-resident tourists which counterbalanced an 8% plunge in overnights stays by resident tourists.The cities of Agadir, Casablanca and Marrakech accounted for 72% of total overnights stays in January.Agadir, Casablanca and Marrakech overnight stays increased by 20%, 7% and 6% respectively.Both Fes and Tangier overnight stays soared by 27% in the same period. Henceforth, occupancy rate rose by 2pts to 34%.For the period 2010-2017, overnight stays by non-resident tourists increased by a CAGR of 1.7%. Occupancy rate stood at 34% in 2010 as well.Regarding travel receipts, they also rose by 2.9% to stand at MAD 4 billion. read more

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Case filed against chairman of the Peliyagoda Urban Council

The Commission said that Ananda Perera had also failed to stop the destruction of a public toilet in Peliyagoda by a private company despite being aware of it or making attempts to recover the losses. (Colombo Gazette) The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption filed a case against the Chairman of the Peliyagoda Urban Council, Nihal Ananda Perera today.The Commission said that the case was filed at the Colombo Fort Chief Magistrates’ Court over allegations that he misused his authority and allowed a private company to construct a storage facility near the Kelani river.

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