(Xinhua) -- In the Chinese restaurant of Chefchaouen,
one of the top tourist attractions in Morocco, a dining area of
less than 100 square meters was filled with more than a hundred
Chinese tourists, with a lot more waiting outside, during the
Chinese Spring Festival.
“Boss, can I have my Kung-Pao Chicken
now?” “Boss, is my beef noodles ready?” Dining at peak time,
some visitors were impatient to wait long for their ordered
Facing the big influx of Chinese
tourists into Morocco during the Spring Festival, the
restaurant, which opened in May 2017, was overloaded. Restaurant
operator told Xinhua that during the Spring Festival holiday,
her business was much better than usual.
Another Chinese restaurant owner in
Fes, Morocco’s central city, experienced “sweet annoyance.” The
restaurant staff said during the Spring Festival, a large number
of Chinese tourists queued up for dinning every day.
In a five-star hotel in Fes, Hamid, a
receptionist, said a large number of Chinese tourists checked in
In the southern Moroccan town of
Marrakech, tourist buses full of Chinese tourists can be found
everywhere during the Spring Festival.
In Majorelle Garden, a famous tourist
attraction, two girls from Ningbo of east China’s Zhejiang
province told Xinhua they chose Morocco as their Spring Festival
travel destination to taste the country’s unique Arabian flavor.
They travelled for 15 days along the classic tourist route,
visiting Casablanca, Marrakech, Sahara, Fes, Chefchaouen and
In addition to the classic route that
most people choose, Chinese tourists’ footprints also extend to
Moroccan tourist cities such as Essaouira, Tetouan and Ifrane.
Wang Shuo, sales manager of China
International Travel Service Co., Ltd., told Xinhua that more
Chinese are interested in travelling to Morocco in recent years,
with the Spring Festival and the National Day holiday being the
Morocco has decided to exempt Chinese
nationals form visa requirement to enter the Moroccan territory
starting from June 2016. Since then the number of Chinese
tourists to Morocco has increased substantially.
At the China-Morocco Tourism
Cooperation Forum held in Casablanca in early February,
Morocco’s Minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicraft and
Social Economy Mohamed Sajid said it expects to attract annually
500,000 Chinese tourists by 2020.
Sajjid said Morocco is working to
improve hotels, transport facilities and tourist reception. He
said direct flights between Morocco and China are being
negotiated, which is one of the key factors in enhancing the
attractiveness of Morocco to Chinese tourists.