Morocco scored first in terms of attracting tourists in North Africa last year. According to data from the World Tourism & Travel Council (WTTC), the country attracted 10.4 million visitors in 2013.
Tourism has had a significant weight on Moroccan economy. Morocco earned US$ 19.7 billion from tourism last year, which represents 18.7% of the country’s total GDP. According to WTTC projections, this figure is even expected to increase in 2014.
Tunisia and Egypt, the two main other touristic venues in the region, respectively attracted 7.2 and 9.4 million visitors. Perceived political instability in these two countries since the 2011 uprisings has probably played in favor of Morocco, which continued to display the image of a peaceful and stable nation.