Published on : Saturday, February 20, 2021
The closure of the borders, more than a year ago due to the pandemic, has blocked foreign tourists who visited regularly, getting lured by the beauty of Morocco’s snow-capped Atlas Mountains.
Moulay Abdellah Lahrizi, owner of the Auberge des Jardins d’Azrou, has lost 70% of his clientele.
“We hope to be able to see foreign tourism in the country as soon as possible because that’s what really saves the situation because it’s tourism that runs all year round and runs every day. And then we, as guides, as lodge owners, we receive tourists like those every day. Other than that, local tourism is really a good thing, it has saved our work, but it’s not sufficient,” said Moulay Abdellah.
Even though foreign tourists have significantly declined over the past few months, local tourism seems to have stayed positive.
Youssef Mouhyi, director of the “Maison de la cédraie” said, “This region has been more or less saved by local tourism because we are in a fairly open region, we are in the ecotourism sector, so thank God, there is traffic, there are people coming, visiting the region. We are also mainly helped by Ifrane, a region in great demand where there are demand and many visits.”