Muscat: Morocco is looking to Oman visitors to contribute a major segment of the kingdom's target of 20 million tourists by 2020.
On the sidelines of the recent 'Ministerial Discussion Forum on The Future of Tourism in Mena region', Morocco's Minister of Tourism Dr Lahcen Haddad said that Morocco attracted 10 million tourists in the last two years and its goal was to reach 20 million by 2020.
Haddad said: "We are on track to achieve the goal of 40 per cent of our tourism being driven by domestic tourists. However, internationally we are on a high trajectory, as we have succeeded in promoting Morocco as a hospitable and distinguished destination across the globe."
Morocco's tourism strategy has been highly successful in traditional markets like Spain and France as well as in newer markets such as Oman and Eastern Europe.
Morocco has daily air connections to Gulf countries such as UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. It also plans to launch daily flights to other countries, including Kuwait.
In line with this vision, Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort, a tourism attraction in the country, has boosted summer packages to entice Omani guests to extend their stays.
Stephan Killinger, president, Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort said, "Other types of tourism are also contributing to a big chunk of the overall sector in Morocco. Our records show that Oman represents one of the highest footfalls at the resort, among new markets."
Killinger announced that Mazagan has made its summer packages more attractive for Omanis, valid until the end of September. The summer package offers one free night on a four-night package and two free nights on a five-night package, starting from $110 per person.
The package includes accommodation for two adults and two children, complimentary breakfast for two adults and two children, free meals for children, free access to three children clubs (Baby Club, Kids Club and Club Rush), free access to the Hammam steam room, tennis, fitness and biking, and a complimentary airport shuttle service.
Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort has 500 rooms that offer a spectacular view of the ocean, lagoons and a golf course, surrounded by 67 villas, landscaped gardens and a stunning swimming pool in the centre.
Mazagan is spread over a 250-hectare site, and includes a golf course and a stretch of the beach. It also boasts a variety of restaurants, including Morjana, a Moroccan and oriental gastronomy restaurant, Sel de Mer, a seasonal seafood creations and Olives, a Mediterranean and Italian buffet apart from Market Place, a world cuisine buffet from Asia, Africa, India and Europe that has a capacity of 400 guests plus many other restaurants and clubs, each offering a different experience.
Additionally, Mazagan is a leading exhibition and conference destination in North Africa region. The resort also offers to businessmen and their families exceptional entertaining stays where parents can have their own space, while their children enjoy their time in a three dedicated clubs — 'Baby Club', 'Kids Club' and 'Club Rush'. The resort incorporates a stunning spa offering relaxation treatments and much more.