Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tangier ~ A Boost in Tourist Numbers

According to a report of the provincial delegation of Tourism in Tangier, tourist establishments classified in Tangier recorded 75,904 arrivals at the end of February compared to 62,347 during the same period a year earlier, a rise of 22%

The number of international visitors to Tangier reached 36,263 tourists during the first two months of 2017 (+ 42% year-on-year), while domestic tourists totalled 39,641, up 7% compared to the end of February 2016, with an average stay of 2 days.

Over the period, the various classified hotel units in the city recorded 141,715 overnight stays, compared to 113,306 at the end of February 2016, an increase of 25%, with an occupancy rate of 34% compared to 31% at the end of February 2016 .

Spaniards are at the top of the list of foreign tourists who visited the city of Tangier during this period (7,593), followed by the French (4,982),  Arabs (1,886),  Americans (1,677), Germans (710), Belgians (652), Scandinavians (645) and Dutch (598).

Four-star tourist establishments welcomed 24,780 tourists, followed by 3 stars (19,399), 2 stars (11,893), 5 stars (11,072) and one star (5,394), as well as hotel residences guest houses (1,499).

In February alone, some 36,486 tourists visited Tangier compared to 30,324 in February 2016, a 20% increase, the same source said, noting that the number of tourist nights was 68,258, up 23% (55,532), with an occupancy rate of 36%, compared with 33% year-on-year.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Smartphone App to Help Preserve the City of Fez

The city of Fes has just launched a new application for smartphones intended for all its inhabitants. Called "I preserve my city" (je préserve ma ville), it allows its users to report any problems observed in the streets of Fez

If, during a trip, people find lighting that does not work, garbage cans overflowing or a hole in a sidewalk, they send a photo and a comment with their smartphone .

The city services receive the message and launch a team to intervene on the premises . When the problem is resolved, the person who reported it is kept informed ... and warmly thanked.

Thanks to this new mobile phone service, the inhabitants of Fez can all be involved in the cleanliness and good condition of their city . This is a citizen application that we would like to see developed in all the major cities of Morocco. It would allow every city dweller to live in a cleaner and well-maintained environment.

Check it out here: http://www.jepreservemaville.ma/

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Earth Day Morocco

Morocco Celebrates Earth Day Every Day!  Morocco has long been a climate advocate, becoming the first African and Arab country to host a Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP) in 2001. In November 2016, the country—dubbed a “perfect place for the world’s biggest climate change conference,” —again hosted world leaders in Marrakesh for COP 22, this time with the task of implementing the historic Paris Agreement from the year before

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI urged participants at COP 22 to move beyond promises to “tangible initiatives and practical steps,” and to respect and support the priorities and resources of developing countries.

“Holding this conference in Africa,” he said, “is an incentive for us to give priority to tackling the adverse repercussions of climate change, which are growing worse and worse in the countries of the South and in insular states whose very existence is in jeopardy.”

Since November, Morocco has ensured that the climate action agenda moves forward as COP 22 President, hosting a number of events and workshops with members of Moroccan civil society as well as international stakeholders on capacity building, sustainable industrial areas, and more. Morocco sent a delegation to the World Bank/International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings in Washington, DC this month to address issues of climate finance, and is working closely with the incoming Fiji COP 23 Presidency in advance of the Bonn Climate Change Conference in May.

Meanwhile, Morocco continues leading the way on sustainability and renewable energy at home:

1. Morocco has enshrined environmentalism in its governing documents. Article 31 of the country’s 2011 Constitution guarantees citizens’ right to “the access of water and to a healthy environment”; while Articles 71 and 152 address the government’s responsibility for environmental protection and oversight.

2. Morocco has set ambitious energy goals. Morocco has committed to generating 42% of the country’s energy needs from renewable sources by 2020, and 52% by 2030.

3. Morocco is a world leader in solar energy production. The country’s NOOR solar power complex is the largest in the world – so large it is visible from space; and by completion, will be capable of producing 2,000 megawatts of energy. In addition, Morocco currently maintains 13 wind farms and plans to build at least six more before 2020, capable of producing a total of 2,000 megawatts of energy.

4. Morocco is serious about waste reduction. The Moroccan Parliament signed a bill into law on July 1, 2016 banning the use, production, or import of plastic bags; and Rabat hosts an active recycling and waste-management centre that employs disadvantaged people to sort through waste for reusable, recyclable and saleable material.

5. Morocco understands the importance of raising public awareness on climate change issues. That’s why Morocco’s Association of Teachers of Life and Earth Sciences works with the Ministry of Education to promote awareness.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Street Art in Morocco ~ More Than Graffiti

Yesterday we asked where this street was. Nobody was able to pinpoint it exactly, but several of our readers guessed it was in Fez. The correct answer is Derb Lmzd Tahti in the Fez Medina

Mohssine and his friend, painted Derb Lmzd in 7 days and then discovered that the paint they had chosen was less than perfect - it came off very quickly!

Once they found the right paint the street was transformed. It was an exciting new look for what had been one of the dirtiest narrow streets in the Medina

There has been a change of attitude towards street art. For a long time considered vandalism, it was only during the last decade that graffiti began to be seen as a pictorial work in its own right, where it was grouped with stencil, collage, posters and mosaics, in what has been called "Street Art".

Street Art, which embellishes public spaces and reflects the know-how and undoubted talent of the artists, is a concept that has just emerged in Western societies. Yet, in Morocco, the notion of urban art has been present since the dawn of time. Arabic calligraphy, zellige and arabesques, as well as the carved wood is undoubtedly art and adorns the alleys of the ancient medinas.

In order to celebrate this art and allow it to occupy its place within the Moroccan artistic and cultural landscape, the festival "Jidar, Toiles de Rue" was created in 2015, inviting artists to decorate public spaces with gigantic frescoes.

Initiated by the association EAC-L'Boulvart, the third edition of the festival "Jidar, Toiles de Rue", will take place from 21 to 30 April in Rabat, and will feature 20 street artists from Morocco, Spain, Germany, Italy, Colombia, Romania, Ukraine, Egypt and Mexico, who will work on ten walls in the city and will "bring back to life the patrimony of yesterday, today ".

This initiative enabled Rabat to be featured on "Artsy", a site specialising in artistic news, among the cities where it is all well and good to be a street artist, and to rub shoulders with some of the largest Cities, including Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and Melbourne.

See our earlier story about street art in Rabat
Thanks to Begoña Parajón Robles for the photographs of Derb Lmzd


Friday, April 21, 2017

Air Arabia Announces New Routes

On Thursday, Air Arabia Maroc announced the launch of a new line connecting Fez and Amsterdam, starting on 14 June

The new link, which will run twice a week, will allow Dutch passengers to explore several regions of Morocco, Air Arabia said in a statement, noting that the company is already running flights to Amsterdam from Tangier and Nador.

From June 14th Air Arabia Morocco will also be serving the cities of Strasbourg, Rome, Barcelona, ​​Lyon, London and Brussels, Montpellier, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Paris.

Adel Ali, president and CEO of the Air Arabia group, said that he was pleased with the expansion of his company's network from Fez, underlining that this new link "confirms our commitment to develop air traffic at Morocco and to contribute to the development of the tourism sector in Morocco".

"Thanks to the support of the Office of National Tourism we will be able to achieve our objective of connecting all Moroccan airports to several European countries," he added. Air Arabia Maroc now operates flights to 48 European destinations from 5 cities of the Kingdom: Casablanca, Fez, Tangier, Marrakech and Nador.


How Well Do You Know Morocco?

A quick test! Can you name this street, or even the city where it can be found?

The answer will be posted tomorrow.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Photography ~ Free Trip to Mount Zalagh

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FREE Photography Trip - Mount Zalagh
Hosted by Omar Chennafi