Gulf tourists spend over $400 million in Morocco

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Morocco – Rabat : Tourists from GCC countries spent around $418 million in Morocco in 2013, according to recent statistics.

Capitalizing on this, Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort, situated 90 km away from Casablanca on a 7-km stretch of beach, has designed tailored packages for tourists from GCC states, said Stephan Killinger, the hotel’s president.

The resort has announced a tailored luxury stay starting at $100 per person per night for GCC tourists. The accommodation will be in a double room, with two kids under 12 free and complimentary breakfasts.

In addition, the resort offers for GCC tourists a free Moroccan Hammam session, complimentary access to fitness centre, including biking and tennis, two spa sessions at the price of one, special kids meals plus two carting tours for one kid per each night stay, and free pick up and drop off at Mohammed V International Airport, a statement said.

“Booking for this offer has already started and will be open until the end of December for stays in the first quarter of 2015,” Killinger said.

Killinger added that cultural and family tourism was being fuelled by rising popularity among families, especially from the GCC, an indication of a shift from European tourists.

This was highlighted on the sidelines of the fourth GCC-Morocco Investment Forum, which was held to explore investment prospects and business opportunities between the two regions, experts hailed the growing tourism industry which currently contributes nearly 9 per cent to the Kingdom’s GDP.

“Our strategy is to make it easy for GCC tourists. We have collaborated with a number of airlines to reward tourists coming from GCC with mileage points that are redeemable with actual vouchers,” added Killinger.

“Morocco is home to some acclaimed authentic cultural and architectural marvels, and the ambience inside Mazagan reflects this true heritage. The potential for cultural tourism in the country is really high and we expect this to be a major contributor to the inflow of tourists to Morocco.”

Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort has 500 rooms offering views of the ocean, lagoons and golf course, surrounded by 67 villas, landscaped gardens and a swimming pool in the center.

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