As Lonely Planet gears up to help its followers choose their travel destinations for 2024, the global travel guide website has already listed Morocco among the top countries to visit next year.
The North African country ranks 5th on Lonely Planet’s list, with the travel website hailing the kingdom as a go-to tourist destination that continues to mesmerize travelers with its rich history, enchanting cultural diversity, and colorful landscapes.
“There’s nothing quite like wandering the Sahara Desert on camelback, hunting for bargains in a Marrakech souk and exploring the enchanting blue city of Chefchaouen,” the website said in a brief description of tourism in Morocco, alongside a series of breathtaking pictures, featuring the country’s culture – including food, music, and landscapes.
But the magazine also acknowledged the enduring impact of Morocco’s odds-defying, epoch-defining performances at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, emphasizing that Morocco made it to its 2024 list thanks to the Moroccan Atlas Lions’ “historic performance at the World Cup.”
Indeed, several reports have over the past months highlighted that Morocco’s World Cup heroics have considerably improved the country’s global perception.
Last April, a report by media intelligence provider CARMA indicated that Google search trends related to Morocco skyrocketed following the tournament, rising by 273%.
Wikipedia page visits for Morocco notably increased by 453%, while social media posts about the North African country increased by 764%, representing a total of 12.1 million posts.
“Despite the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 having ended a few months ago, new research shows its legacy is still very much being felt in Morocco,” the CARMA report said, celebrating Morocco’s growing popularity.
Also contributing to featuring Morocco among the Lonely Plan’s list destinations is the country’s “ascension to the echelon of the world surf circuit and its revived musical festival, Mawazine, to state,” the magazine said.
The global travel guide recalled the earthquake that struck the country on September 8, emphasizing some local locals’ belief that “travelers coming to Morocco is the best way to support recovery, making 2024 a good time to visit.”
Morocco attracted more than 11.1 million travelers from many countries during the first nine months of 2023, up from 7.7 million visitors during the same period last year.
Source: Morocco World News