Moroccan Ambassador to Malaysia Mohamed Reda Benkhaldoun speaking during a special interview with Bernama in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the coronation of King Mohammed VI of Morocco recently.Observed on July 30, the national occasion commemorates the ascension of King Mohammed VI to the throne, succeeding his late father, Hassan II, on July 23, 1999. --fotoBERNAMA (2019) COPYRIGHTS RESERVED

KUALA LUMPUR: Moroccan ambassador to Malaysia, Mohamed Reda Benkhaldoun, hoped that a direct flight would be established between the kingdom and Malaysia to boost the tourism sector in both countries.

Mohamed Reda said while the number of Malaysian tourists visiting Morocco and vice versa was still relatively low, he remained optimistic that the numbers would improve as there was huge potential in the industry that both countries have to offer to holiday-makers.

“Hopefully, there will be direct flight established between Casablanca and Kuala Lumpur soon, so (that) more and more tourists can visit both countries,” he told Bernama on the sidelines of the 20th Anniversary of the coronation of King Mohammed VI of Morocco’s celebration, here, Tuesday night.

Observed on July 30, the occasion commemorates the ascension of King Mohammed VI to the throne, succeeding his late father, Hassan II, on July 23, 1999.

The North African country has been gaining popularity among Malaysian tourists in recent years, especially since the abolishment of visa requirement in 2017.

“An average (of) 3,000 Malaysians visited Morocco prior to the abolishment of visa. The number has since increased to around 5,000 annually,” Mohamed Reda said. -- BERNAMA