Hundreds of thousands of Israeli tourists are anticipated to visit Morocco in 2022, as the kingdom has officially reopened its doors for visitors.
Morocco opened its borders again on February 7 after the long closure of two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the tourism sector in the nation is quickly putting together an array of packages geared towards Israeli travellers.
According to ‘Henri Abikzer’ owner of ‘Fast Voyages’, a tour agency established in Rabat, is expecting at least 200,000 Israeli to come by the end of 2022.
Furthermore, Abikzer, also vice president of the Jewish community in Rabat, stated that there are 1 million Moroccans in the nation. They left some 30 to 40 years ago.
At its rise, the Moroccan Jewish society reached roughly 300,000 people in the mid-20th century; however, the extensive majority left the North African country once Israel was established in 1948. Today, only a few thousand Jews remain there.
“There are nostalgic people who wish to review the country,” said Abikzer. “There’s going to be a high number of visitors during the Passover holidays, and this would be followed by a period of travellers. There are numerous Jewish saints in southern, northern and eastern Morocco.”
Rabat declared the restarting of relations with Israel at the end of the month of 2020, including the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Sudan is going to reach the normalizing the ties, but before normalizing the relations, Israelis wishing to visit Morocco were forced to visit there through another country, like Turkey.
Many airlines are also offering direct flights between Tel Aviv and Rabat, Casablanca, or Marrakesh. Israeli airlines El Al and Israir and Royal Air Maroc have continuous flights about six hours long, making travel between the two countries relatively convenient and straightforward. Israel’s Arkia Airlines is also anticipated to launch direct flights in late March or April.
Tour agency of Abikzer’s is currently making special tour packages for Israelis, including 7-14 days tours.
The package includes visits to synagogues and museums around the country, kosher meals, and meetings with members of the local Jewish community visits to historically Jewish areas.