Partial but significant return of tourists to Morocco and Tunisia
MOROCCO/TUNISIA. In Morocco, as in Tunisia, the tourism sector is preparing for a summer of recovery. After two catastrophic seasons in 2020 and 2021, 2022 will probably not reach the level of 2019, with 13 million tourists over the year, but will be part of a recovery phase. In 2021, Morocco only welcomed four million visitors.
According to the Moroccan National Airports Office, passenger traffic should only drop by 25% compared to the summer of 2019. Airlines are creating or reopening 48 lines (England, Italy, Spain, France, etc.) and certain platforms such as Tetouan, Tangier or Oujda anticipate an “air traffic resumption rate” of more than 100%.
Since the reopening of airspace in February 2022, booking rates have increased to regularly exceed 85%, i.e. pre-covid figures. The maritime sector amplifies this return to normal with the resumption of traffic between Spain and Morocco in April, after two blank years.
In Tunisia, tourism professionals are also smiling. The number of travelers is up 50% in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021 according to the Ministry of Tourism. In April, the rate reached +150%. But this will not be enough to reach a correct level. In 2022, Tunisia should still see its attendance drop by 50% compared to 2019.