More than 224,000 tourists discover Ouarzazate in 2017
In 2017 pulled the natural beauty and ecological diversity of Ouarzazate 244,201 tourists, compared to 177,445 visitors in the same period in 2016.According to Maghreb Arab Press is the increase in tourism part of a larger pattern. The number of non-resident tourists in 2016 also of 132,245 took to 189,974. The number of arrivals has increased from 2017 to 2016 54,527 45,200 in in, what a gain is 20%. As a result, the nights in the hotels of the province also with 36 percent, to 360,607 during the first eleven months in 2017.The provincial Council of tourism (CPT) described tourism as a critical sector that the "driving force of the socio-economic development of the region" represents. According to CPT-statistics was the French tourism strongest, which amounts to 11.95% of the total arrivals in Ouarzazate. French visitors from January to november reached 29,195, this is an increase of 22,220 in 2016.Spanish visitors came in second place, with an increase of 52% this 222,293 in 2017 were 14,634 compared to a year earlier. The number of British tourists increased by 4%, while tourists from Italy scored an increase of 36%. The rise of Dutch tourists increased by 32%.CPT said that "the best performance" were registered by the Asian countries. In the first eleven months of 2017 is the number of Japanese tourists increased from 70% to 7,887 in 2016 with 13,400 in 2017. The Chinese market was the second in the Asian market with ' spectacular performance ' of 18,827 visitors.Â CTP is of the opinion that the minimum visa requirements for Chinese tourists "very beneficial for the sector was".