Morocco signs MoU with Barcelo Group to stimulate private investment in tourism sector

Last Thursday in Tangier, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Ministry of Tourism, Handicrafts, Society and Solidarity Economy, the representative ministry in charge of investment, convergence and public policy evaluation, and the Barcelo Group, which aims to stimulate investment. has been signed. in the tourism sector.
It was signed by Fatima Zahra Amur, Minister of Tourism, Handicrafts, Society and Solidarity Economy, Mohsen Jazouri, Ministerial Deputy for Investment, Convergence and Public Policy Evaluation, and Simon Pedro Barcelo Fadel, President of Barcelo Group. With this, we have acquired several hotels in Morocco and plan to update and give them new life in order to enrich and strengthen our hotel offering in the Kingdom.
Fatima Zahra Amour also inaugurated the Barcelo Tanger Hotel, built in a historic building dating back to 1950, renovated and modernized to offer visitors a unique experience.
In addition to its strategic location on the Mediterranean Sea and its proximity to Al Bughaz city’s main facilities and tourist attractions, the new hotel will help increase Tangier Asilah’s hotel capacity by 400 people, with a total of 17,600 hotels. Capacity of area to bed.
In a statement to the press, Amur confirmed that the MoU aims to strengthen the Barceló Group’s presence in Morocco and diversify its tourism offering in Tangier.
The Minister noted that the 400-bed capacity ‘Barceló Tangier’ hotel will bring the total capacity of the Tangier-Assilah region to 17,600 beds, and the investment follows efforts made in the city’s tourism infrastructure. pointed out that , especially the regeneration of the old town and the enhancement of the charm of the city. Foreigners and Moroccan tourists.
Mohsen Jazouli said the memorandum of understanding signed with one of Morocco’s leading hotel groups and a large Spanish group planning to invest 500 million dirhams in the next few years will encourage investment in tourism. said it intended to An integral sector of the Moroccan economy, entrusted by King Mohammed VI, it enjoys great interest and follow-up.
Aljazouri stressed the role of the tourism sector as a driving force for Morocco’s socio-economic development and emphasized the essential presence of major tourism operators such as the ‘Barceló’ group. employment opportunities.

Barcelo Fadell confirmed the group’s desire to contribute to the development of Tangier’s tourism, highlighting that the group now has six hotels in Casablanca, Fez, Marrakech, Agadir and Tangier in Morocco. . After mentioning the support of the Moroccan authorities for this project, the president of the “Barceló” group reiterated the group’s commitment to strengthen its investment in Morocco and effectively contribute to the development of the tourism sector.
Ricardo Diez Hochleitner, Spanish Ambassador to Morocco, said he was delighted to attend the opening of the hotel of the “Barceló” group, one of the most important hotel chains not only in Spain but in the world. He has a strong presence in Morocco, a friendly country and neighbor of Spain, and emphasizes that this is an important step to celebrate the strong returns of Spanish investments in Morocco.
“The presence of a Spanish hotel chain in Tangier underscores the fact that we are two countries that have a lot to do together,” he said, referring to the minister’s attendance at the ceremony. pointed out to be very clear evidence that a special welcome was reserved for the Spaniards. Moroccan investor.
In this connection, the Ambassador called on Spanish investors to take advantage of the business opportunities offered by the Kingdom and urged Morocco-Spain relations to develop further within the framework of a partnership based on win-win principles. expressed hope. To ensure the development of our two countries and the prosperity of our friendly nations.
The event was attended by Wali of Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima Region, Mohammed Mahdia, Mayor of Tangier, Mounir Limri, Director General of Northern Regional Development Authority, Mounir Al-Buisfi. , and several leaders of the Barceló Group.
The Municipality of Tangier is of great importance within the framework of the Roadmap launched by Ms Fatima Zahra Amur, where the Ministry’s team is working in a participatory framework with stakeholders and experts from the sector. Be careful. It is a national tourist destination due to its potential and important role in achieving territorial development of the Tangier-Tetouan Al Hoceima region.
The ministry’s objective is to enhance Tangier’s attractiveness in a number of tourism products, such as urban tourism, cultural tourism and business tourism. The Barcelo Hotel offers space for 600 people and contributes to raising the standard of building and exhibition and conference space.
This investment adds to the efforts made on the infrastructure and restoration of the Medina, helping to strengthen Tangier’s tourist attraction.
Between June and August 2022, the number of international arrivals in classified tourist accommodation reached 97,000, a growth rate of 12% compared to the same period in 2019, It should be noted that the Tangier region has had a wonderful summer season. This season was his two source market for tourists during this period. So France, which is growing 33%, and the United Kingdom, which is growing 48%. Moreover, between January and August 2022, the destination will recover 75% of its international arrivals in classified tourist accommodation, compared to figures recorded in 2019. I was able to. 6.8 million tourists have visited the country since the beginning of the year, despite border closures during the first five weeks of 2022. This is 73% compared to his 2019 performance.

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