International tourist arrivals rose 13.1% while Moroccans living abroad visiting their homeland jumped 8.1%, the Ministry said in its latest statistics covering the January-August 2017 period.
Arrivals from main tourist emitting markets showed a 14% increase in German tourists, while the numbers of Dutch, Spanish, French and Belgian tourists grew 10%, 10%, 8% and 8% respectively, the ministry added.
As for emerging markets, the ministry noted a 315% increase in Chinese tourists. Following the same positive trend, Japanese, South Korean, US and Brazilian tourists arrivals posted a growth rate of 43%, 41%, 32% and 52% respectively.
The main tourist hubs, Marrakech and Agadir received 60% of overall tourists visiting the kingdom, posting a growth rate of +18% and +12% respectively.
By August 2017, Tourism revenues stand at 46.8 billion dirhams, against 44.5 billion dirhams the same period last year, that is a 5% increase, the same source said.