A few days later, I am now in Casablanca leading another tour group. I am happy to have trips to lead so I can support my country, especially in this time.
While there is damage in the High Atlas Mountains and Marrakech medina—and we hope rescue efforts prioritize those most in need at this terrible time—the rest of Morocco and its airports, hotels and restaurants are operating as normal.
Tourism is very important to Morocco, especially as we enter our high season. Our guides, leaders and hosts are all eager to welcome travelers to unaffected areas.
Morocco has just faced a natural disaster—we don’t want to follow it with an economic disaster. Our people have lost their families, their homes, their hotels, and guesthouses. There are communities that need our help. If tourism dries up in Morocco, it will be catastrophic.
We are ready to welcome you because our livelihoods depend on it. We want to support our families and friends, and communities who need to rebuild.
You can help the people of Morocco by giving to the Intrepid Foundation’s Morocco Earthquake Appeal. Funds will be distributed to two long-term partners in the worst-hit part of Morocco, the Atlas Mountains. These funds will provide immediate relief for local communities that need it most.