Rabat, Jan. 10 - Some 6.4 million tourists visited Morocco in 2006 compared to 4.4 million in 2002, revealed, here Tuesday, tourism minister Adil Douiri.
Speaking at the House of Advisors' question time, the minister underlined that the number of night guests increased by 10% in 2006, deeming that advertisement is an essential tool to accompany the investors' efforts aiming to promote their products.
He recalled that the government has taken a series of measures to promote tourism product through allotting it USD 6Mn every year, besides the budget destined to hotels and sector professionals.
Morocco has elaborated a strategy, dubbed "Vision 2010", that aspires to attract 10 million tourists by 2010. This strategy also aims to create 160,000 beds, bringing the national capacity to 230,000 beds and to create some 600,000 new job opportunities.
The Vision is meant to diversify the tourism product, develop training and partnership in the air transport and other related tourism fields and increase tourism contribution in GDP by 8.5% annually to reach 20% by 2010.