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Visitors to Morocco increase to 7.4m

The number of foreign tourists visiting Morocco last year rose 13 per cent to a record 7.4 million, outpacing growth in the global market, reported Bloomberg. The figures given by the Ministry of Tourism show that the industry, which accounts for as much as eight per cent of the kingdom's gross domestic product, generated a record Dh58.8bn ($7.55bn) of foreign currency earnings. Tourist visits outpaced the global trend as the number of international travelers increased 6.2 per cent to a record 900 million in 2007, according to figures released last month by the Madrid-based World Tourism Organization, a UN agency. French tourists visiting Morocco ranked first with 2.9 million, while Spain came second with 1.6 million. UK tourists increased the most, adding 29 per cent to 419,000.