UNWTO, UNDP Support New System of Classification for Accommodations in Morocco

UNWTO, UNDP Support New System of Classification for Accommodations in Morocco



New Classification System for Accommodations Aims to Strengthen Morocco’s Competitiveness as a Tourism Destination

UNWTO, the Government of Morocco and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed an agreement to support the Ministry of Tourism of Morocco in the implementation of a new classification system for tourism accommodation establishments.


The project will build capacity within the Ministry of Tourism to set up the new classification system, a central part of Morocco’s tourism strategy "Vision 2020". The new system should elevate the competitiveness of the hotel industry in Morocco according to international standards while creating a true culture of quality within the accommodation industry.


The agreement contemplates further actions to raise awareness among tourism accommodation establishments and relevant stakeholders of the need for a new classification system, in order to ensure its sustainable implementation.


"This initiative will contribute to the economic and social development of Morocco as it creates opportunities to advance the quality of its tourism sector", said UNWTO Executive Director for Programme and Coordination, Fréderic Pierret, in signing the agreement on behalf of UNWTO.


The project will be financed by the Government of Morocco and implemented by UNWTO, which will be providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Tourism between 2013 and 2018.


Morocco is the leading tourism destination in North Africa, with almost 10 million international tourist arrivals in 2012 and $6.7 billion (USD) in revenues 2012. A UNWTO member since 1975, Morocco has shown a remarkable tourism growth, with international tourist arrivals more than doubling over the last decade. Much of this expansion was supported by its open skies policy and the diversification of its tourism product.


Photo Credit: Visit Morocco - Moroccan National Tourist Office


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