//Marrakesh to host 2020 Travel Convention

Marrakesh to host 2020 Travel Convention

Moroccan National Tourist Office to host next year’s conference

ABTA has revealed that Marrakesh will host the 2020 Travel Convention.

The city, which last hosted a conference in 2005, has been named the first ever African Capital of Culture and is undergoing major investment in time for 2020.

The number of Brits travelling to Morocco has increased over the past five years with more than 630,000 holiday visits to the country last year, up from 460,000 in 2014 – an increase of 30 per cent.

Mark Tanzer, ABTA Chief Executive, said: “I’m very pleased that Marrakesh will be hosting the 2020 Travel Convention. It is a city which continues to prove incredibly popular with UK holidaymakers, providing them with an opportunity to experience a culture steeped in history, as well as enjoying the spectacular scenery, cuisine and hospitality.

The Convention will take place from 5-7 October 2020 at Palmeraie Resorts Marrakesh, 20 minutes from Marrakesh’s city centre. All delegates will stay at the 5-star Palmeraie Palace Hotel.

M. Adel EL Fakir, CEO of the Moroccan National Tourist Office said: “We are very proud to host ABTA’s Travel Convention in Marrakesh in 2020 for the second time!

“Marrakesh is hosting the IGTM next week, and the UNWTO in 2021. Marrakesh and Morocco are thrilled to host in the middle of these two events another prestigious event: The 2020 Travel Convention, organised by ABTA.

“UK is Morocco’s third largest market, and we strongly believe that Morocco should and will attract more and more tourists from the UK as Morocco is many destinations in one and can meet all different needs.  ABTA’s Convention will be the opportunity for the UK travel industry to experience the destination and have a better sense of all the genuine experiences they can provide to their customers.

“While Marrakesh has witnessed major developments and change since ABTA’s Convention in 2005, it has managed to keep and protect its uniqueness in the region and in the world: an authentic experience delivered by its people, the marrakshis who are excited to welcome you in October 2020.”

Sam Ballard is a director and co-founder of Waterfront Publishing, creator of ABTA Magazine, Cruise Adviser, Solus and more.