Tourists visit the Hassan Tower in Rabat on February 22, 2016. In 2016, 10.3 million tourists visited Morocco, an increase from 1.5 percent in 2015 according to Moroccan tourism observatory. / AFP / FADEL SENNA
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Morocco's key tourism sector barely grew last year amid security challenges, but operators are hoping Chinese and Russian visitors will boost their fortunes in the coming years.While political turmoil and militant attacks have battered the sector in Egypt and Tunisia, Morocco registered 10 million visitors last year, according to the Moroccan Tourism Observatory. While tourism revenues rose 3.4 percent to $6.3 billion in 2016, visitor arrivals to Morocco have fallen far short of an ambitious official target of 20 million per year by 2020 .Morocco has not experienced an attack since a 2011 bombing in Marrakesh's famed Jamaa El Fna Square, which killed 17 people, mainly European tourists.Back then, "Vision 2020" envisioned creating 200,000 new hotel beds and attracting 20 million visitors a year by the end of the decade.
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