In this Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012 photo, tourists walk in front of Casablanca, Morocco's Hassan II mosque, one of the biggest mosques in the world. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)
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Morocco is seeking to attract more visitors from Russia, China and West Africa, as instability in nearby countries deters tourists from traditional European markets.Tourism accounts for about 10 percent of Morocco's $105 billion economy, second to the agricultural sector, and employs 400,000 people.The biggest drop has been in the French market – Morocco's largest – which decreased 7 percent last year. Plans announced in 2014 to start direct flights from China to Morocco have yet to materialize.In the light of mounting regional instability, Morocco announced in February a review of its Vision 2020 tourism strategy. To attract more tourists from Europe, Morocco has opened talks with low-cost carriers.
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