Morocco: Tourism receipts fall by 53.8% in 2020

Tourism receipts fell by 53.8% at the end of December 2020, after an increase of 7.8% a year earlier, a loss of 42.4 billion dirhams (MMDH), according to the Department of Studies and Forecasts financial (DEPF).

However, this trend includes a notable deceleration of the downward pace for the fourth quarter of 2020, standing at -46.1% after -80.1% a quarter earlier, favored by the easing of measures to cross the national territory from the month of September 2020, informs the DEPF in its economic report of February 2021.

At the same time as this development, the volume of arrivals to the Moroccan destination fell by 78.9% at the end of November 2020, compared to an increase of 5.3% for the first eleven months of 2019, and that of overnight stays by 72 , 3%, after an increase of 5.2%, notes the same source.

Globally, and according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the drop in the number of international arrivals reached 74% in 2020, the note said, noting that Asia-Pacific, the first region to suffer the impact of the pandemic, and the one with the highest levels of travel restrictions in place currently, saw the largest drop in arrivals (-84%).

The Middle East and Africa fell by 75% and Europe by 70%, despite a slight short-term jump in the summer of 2020. As for the Americas, they experienced a decline of 69% after a slight improvement in the last quarter.

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