rabat, dec 5 (pakistan point news - 05th dec, 2016 ) - morocco's tourism observatory stated that 8.1 million tourists have visited marrakech in the first nine months of 2016. morocco's news agency map reported this quoting a statement from the country's tourism observatory that revealed the number of tourists that visited morocco's marrakech between january and september of 2016. compared to the same period of 2015, marrakech registered a small increase of 0.
3 percent. the number of moroccan expatriates visiting the city rose by 3.8 percent compared to the first nine months of last year. the statement of the tourism observatory also indicated that russian and chinese tourists recorded the biggest rise. the number of russian visitors has doubled while chinese tourists increased by 180 percent, compared to the same period of 2015. the total overnight stays in classified establishment increased by 2 percent. this contains a drop of 2 percent for non-resident tourists and an11 percent increase for resident visitors. morocco's two main tourism hubs, marrakech and agadir, accounted for 60 percent of the entire country's overnight stays with a 2 percent increase for marrakech and 3 percent for agadir.