Agadir Benefits from Surge of Domestic Tourism in 2017
Rabat – Agadir’s tourism sector recorded a better performance over the past nine months compared with the same period in 2016. Despite the surge of foreign travelers, domestic visitors still top the list of the city’s visitors.
In the first nine months of 2017 recorded an increase of 9 percent of arrivals, rising from 699,287 in 2016 against 761,800 in 2017. CRT added that overnight stays increased by 12 percent (3,262,607 in 2016 against 3,639,356 in 2017).
The national market still ranks first, with 295,014 visitors and a growth rate of 4.24 percent during the first nine months of 2017. The French market continued to grow and ranked second with 15.26 percent and a volume of 108,655 tourists, the German market in third place with an increase of 51 percent in arrivals and 61 percent in nights, for a volume total of 91,585 customers.
In September, Agadir’s classified hotels recorded an increase in arrivals of over than 5.59 percent and of more than 10.86 percent of overnight stays compared to the same period in 2016.
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The number of visitors received in the city in late September reached 90,115 compared with 83,343 visitors during the same period of 2016.
The city’s classified hotels registered 428,040 overnight stays in September 2017 against 386,116 overnight stays during the same period last year.
According to the CRT, this increase is due to the surge of domestic visitors who visited the city of Agadir. The national market maintained its position with 8.62 percent of visitors (2,768), while the French market recorded an increase of 110 visitors.
German visitors rank third with 2464 visitors, followed by the English market which saw an increase of over than 1.20 percent. CRT added that the Polish market picked up slightly by 29.46 percent in September 2017, representing 909 additional tourists from Poland.
The classified hotel’s average occupancy rate in the city registered an increase of over than 12.65 percent. It moved from 51.13 percent in 2016 to 58.72 percent in September 2017.
Thirty-one hotels for a total capacity of 15,247 beds recorded an average occupancy rate of 77.87 percent, while 30 others recorded an average rate of 43.23 percent. Thirty others with a bed capacity of about 6653 registered a weighted average rate of 18.54 percent.