Morocco listed among top 10 tourism destinations for 2020

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The square of Place Mohammed V is a hub of activity in Casablanca
The square of Place Mohammed V is a hub of activity in Casablanca © Scott E Barbour / Getty Images

The Kingdom of Morocco has been ranked as one of the 10 top world travel destinations to visit in the year 2020.

It was listed ninth place due to its time-honoured attractions and improved infrastructure and fast development, according to Aljazeera report.

Lonely Planet, a travel guide publisher, released the top 10 countries to visit in the year 2020. It said each location was chosen for its “topicality, unique experiences and wow factor”.

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Casa Blanca, Morocco

The publication says: ” Morocco is having a moment, with time-honoured attractions complemented by sustainable-yet-stylish lodging, restaurants serving up seasonal produce and coastal wellness retreats mixing up yoga and surfing. And thanks to improved infrastructure it’s easier to get around by road, while Africa’s first high-speed train means that you can zip from Casablanca to Tangier in just two hours.

Marrakesh’s Djemaa El Fna comes alive in the early evening MATEJ KASTELIC SHUTTERSTOCK
Marrakesh’s Djemaa El Fna comes alive in the early evening © MATEJ KASTELIC / SHUTTERSTOCK

“Ancient medinas are getting a makeover in Fez, Essaouira, Meknes, Tetouan and Marrakesh, which will be crowned Africa’s first Capital of Culture in 2020 in celebration of its rich heritage. And you can still escape the crowds in Berber mountain villages, deserted Atlantic beaches and far-flung desert outposts.”

Bhutan was ranked No1  

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Punakha Dzong, Bhutan – Image by Lee Frost Getty Images

According to the Lonely Planet, “A dozen nations vie for the title of real-life Shangri-La, but Bhutan’s claim has more clout than most. This tiny piece of Himalayan paradise operates a strict ‘high-value, low-impact’ tourism policy, compelling travellers to pay a high daily fee just to set foot in its pine-scented, monastery-crowned hills. The pay-off for visitors is a chance to walk along mountain trails unsullied by litter, in the company of people whose Buddhist beliefs put them uniquely in tune with their environment.

“Bhutan punches well above its weight when it comes to sustainability. It is already the world’s only carbon-negative country, and the kingdom is set to become the first fully organic nation by 2020, so it’s only going to get more beautiful. And with the daily fee, it won’t be getting any more crowded.”

England was listed in second place

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London, UK

England was listed in second place for being a “peaceful place where locals and visitors can enjoy more tranquil pursuits.

The Lonely Planet publication said: “Once the country’s first line of defence against invaders, the English coastline these days is a peaceful place where locals and visitors can enjoy more tranquil pursuits. Taking a bracing walk on a windswept pier, eating delicious fish and chips, searching for marine life in rockpools, finding fossils in ancient cliffs, building sandcastles and dolphin-spotting on picturesque beaches are just some of the activities offered by the English seaside.

“In 2020, indulging in these activities and more will be a whole lot easier as new sections of the England Coast Path continue to open. Once complete, at almost 3000 miles, the path will be the longest continuous trail of its kind in the world, granting access to the country’s entire coastline for the first time.”

By 2020, new sections of the England Coast Path will open, leading to the longest continuous trail of its kind in the world.

 


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