Rabat – The number of tourists who visited Morocco in 2017 was up 10 percent compared to 2016. According to the Ministry of Tourism, the increase meant a total of 64.4 billion dirhams to the Moroccan economy by the end of November 2017, which was a 6.6 percent increase compared to the same period of 2016. There was a steady rise in the number of tourists coming to Morocco from Europe but the most notable and encouraging increase in tourist numbers came from what can be described as new and emerging markets for the kingdom. There was a staggering increase of 173 percent in the number of tourists from China last year, an increase of 57 percent from Brazil and more 30 percent increases respectively from the US, South Korean and Japanese tourists. More full year-end statistics are expected.