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Partial but important return of tourists to Morocco and Tunisia

Written by Gérard Tur on Thursday, April 28th 2022 à 11:35 | Read 479 times

The figures will remain largely lower than 2019, but the summer of 2022 looks much better than 2020 and 2021.

Everything is ready to welcome the tourists. Photo FD
Everything is ready to welcome the tourists. Photo FD
MOROCCO/TUNISIA. In Morocco, as in Tunisia, the tourism sector is preparing for a summer of recovery. After two catastrophic seasons in 2020 and 2021, 2022 will probably not reach the level of 2019, with 13 million tourists over the year, but will be part of a recovery phase. In 2021, Morocco welcomed only four million visitors.

According to the Moroccan National Office of Airports, passenger traffic is expected to be down by only 25% compared to summer 2019. Airlines are creating or reopening 48 routes (England, Italy, Spain, France...) and some platforms such as Tetouan, Tangier or Oujda anticipate a "recovery rate of air traffic" of more than 100%.

Since the reopening of the air space in February 2022, the reservation rates have progressed to regularly cross 85%, i.e. pre-covid figures. The maritime sector amplifies this return to normality with the resumption of traffic between Spain and Morocco in April, after two blank years.
  In Tunisia, the tourism professionals are also smiling again. The number of travellers is up by 50% in the first quarter of 2022 compared with the same period in 2021 according to the Ministry of Tourism. In April, the rate reached +150%. But this will not be enough to reach a correct level. In 2022, Tunisia should still see its frequentation fall by 50% compared to 2019. 


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