Modernity and tradition connect to build Morocco



Morocco is a country with its eyes firmly set on the future which has managed to preserve its customs and make its cultural legacy flourish, by valuing them as drivers of development. And in doing so, visitors can enjoy all the modern advantages and pleasures the country has to offer.

The North African country boasts an advanced transport infrastructure with an extensive rail, port, airport and road network. But that’s not all.

The country, creator of sustainable tourism charter in 2016 and a member of COP22, is at the forefront of preserving our planet. All the country’s advances over the last 10 years, alongside the natural attractions of this destination of contrasts enticed more than 9 million tourists to visit this spectacular country in the first eight months of the year.

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Although faithful to its traditions, Morocco offers visitors all the advantages of a modern society. It’s a country totally focused on the future that has managed to preserve its customs and make its cultural legacy flourish, by valuing them as drivers of development.

Marrakesh is a clear example of this. The city’s medina and souks retain an old-world charm, while the Guéliz and Hivernage districts offer the most modern facilities and infrastructure.

Morocco’s great strides, the basis for a strong and robust tourism sector

As far as the economy is concerned, Morocco has opened up to the world in just 10 years. Investment and development potential have been promoted, and this had led to significant growth and overcoming the country’s dependence on its primary sector.

At the end of the 1990s, Morocco only had 95 water reservoirs, today it has 270. The world’s largest concentrated solar power plant, the Noor Solar Power Station situated at the gateway to the Sahara Desert was officially opened in 2016. And in November 2018, the fastest high-speed train line in Africa was inaugurated in Morocco by King Mohamed VI and the President of France, Emmanuel Macron.

The 350-kilometre-long high-speed rail service runs between the country’s two economic hubs (Tangier and Casablanca), making it possible to travel between the two cities in just two hours. Morocco has made substantial efforts in terms of investment in physical capital and extending the modern transport infrastructure network.

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As a result of this investment and effort, Morocco now has an extensive rail network (2110 kilometres of track, 28.2 million tonnes of goods and 39.5 million passengers per year), port (34 ports and 5.2 million passengers per year), airport (18 airports, 15 of which are international, 20.3 passengers per year) and road networks (including 2863 kilometres of dual carriageways and motorways).

Tourism figures

9,266,000 tourists enjoyed Morocco in the first 8 months of the year. 6.4% more than in the same period in 2018, with 8.7% more foreign tourists and 4% more Moroccans who are living abroad.

Surprise yourself with Morocco’s forests, adventures and green tourism

When you think of Morocco, mountains, beach and culture come to mind. But remember that the kingdom is covered with forests that won’t fail to delight the most adventurous travellers! The country’s national parks are prime places to experience these enchanting forests. Take a deep dive into these green forests. Discover the Gouraud Cedar Forest and the Azrou Cedar Forest.

When you visit these forests, you enjoy not only the pleasures of nature but also support sustainable tourism. There are many well-maintained, well-marked hiking trails to choose from, so try to spend a day or more walking through the woods to admire Morocco’s flora and fauna.

 

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