Mohamed Reda Benkhaldoun
By Voon Miaw Ping
KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 (Bernama) -- Moroccan ambassador to Malaysia, Mohamed Reda Benkhaldoun, hoped that a direct flight link will be established between the kingdom and Malaysia to boost the tourism sector in both countries.
Mohamed Reda added that while the number of Malaysian tourists visiting Morocco and vice versa is currently still relatively low, he is optimistic that the numbers will improve in the future as there is huge potential in the industry that both countries have to offer to holidaymakers.
“Hopefully, there will be direct flight established between Casablanca and Kuala Lumpur soon, so (that) more and more tourists can visit both countries,” he told Bernama on the sidelines of the 20th Anniversary of the coronation of King Mohammed VI of Morocco’s celebration, here, Tuesday night.
Observed on July 30, the occasion commemorates the ascension of King Mohammed VI to the throne, succeeding his late father, Hassan II, on July 23, 1999.
The North African country has been gaining popularity among Malaysian tourists in recent years, chiefly since the abolishment of visa requirement in 2017.
“An average (of) 3,000 Malaysians visited Morocco before this. But when the visa is abolished in 2017, the number has increased to around 5,000 annually,” Mohamed Reda said.