Monday, January 11, 2021

Morocco plans for 200,000 Israeli tourists

Morocco is gearing up for hundreds of thousands of Israeli visitors in the wake of the announcement Morocco-Israel  peace accords. Clearly, Morocco views descendants of Moroccan Jews living in Israel as 'attached to their homeland'. It is interesting that  the reverse tourist traffic of Moroccans to Israel  is not really contemplated. Article via Dafina (with thanks: Leon)


Some 200,000 Israeli tourists  are expected in Morocco from 2021 The official flight on December 22 opened the way for air services between Israel and Morocco.

 In three months, direct daily flights will link  Tel Aviv, Casablanca, Rabat and Marrakesh, Nadia Fettah Alaoui, Morocco's Minister of Tourism, told  i24 television channel.  Some 200,000 Israeli tourists are expected  to visit the kingdom in the first instance, announced Nadia Fettah Alaoui, adding that, "this type of agreement (with Israel) will contribute to a better interaction between communities and populations". The very first who will land on Moroccan soil, says the Moroccan medium  L'Economiste, are mostly tourists of Moroccan origin who are eager to set foot on their homeland, to which they remain so attached.

Jews of Moroccan origin make up a large community in the Hebrew state, at 800, 000 or even one million people, roughly one-tenth of the Israeli population, the same source observed.  Sephardim  present  great potential:  the Israeli diaspora (in France, Belgium, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia ...), economic operators, investors or trips organized by tour operators, pilgrimages. 

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