The number of Chinese tourists visiting Morocco soared from 10,000 in 2015 to nearly 200,000 people in 2018.
The Mococcan Minister of Tourism, Mohammed Sajid made the announcement during a meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Li Jinzao on Wednesday in Casablanca. Minister Sajid says Morocco’s growing relationship with China has helped make his country a more attractive destination for Chinese visitors.
”This clear progress in bilateral relations came after King Mohammed VI visited China in 2016,” the minister said. ”The number of Chinese tourists in Morocco surged after it removed visas for Chinese nationals.”
The Chinese Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism, Li Jinzao said relations between the two countries are undergoing sustained development as he helped chair the
launch of a Chinese cultural center in Rabat on Tuesday.
The two leaders later signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to organize a cultural and tourism year of Morocco and China in both countries in 2020.
Wednesday’s action is part of an ongoing effort to increase trade and tourism between China and Morocco. In September, Sajid met the Civil Aviation Administration of China
administrator to discuss a new deal to open a direct flight between the countries. The plan will also remove airspace restrictions.