Air Arabia Maroc Agadir press Fam
24th October 2017 - 1:30pm
Pat Keenan reports for Travelbiz: Following our inaugural Air Arabia Maroc direct flight from Dublin to Agadir, our group of travel journalists and representatives of industry, commerce, education, culture and members of the diplomatic corps spent a few days absorbing the history and culture of Agadir and the region of Souss-Massa, Morocco. We took in the bargains of the Souk, wandered along the Marina and made or way up to the Kasbah. We probably eat too much but it was all in the cause of checking every aspect of classic Moroccan cuisine, lots of fish, lamb, chicken, fresh veg and fruits, and desserts for the very sweet-toothed. Alcohol is available everywhere but as always be mindful and respect religious observances as required. Moroccan society is very liberal.
We visited a surfers paradise at Sol House Taghazout Bay, about 11 miles from Agadir, what a coastline, so many sandy beaches. For golfers we checked out the beautifully green Golf Du Soleil and met Eve Jary, the Golf Manager there who promises "all year round golf in the sun on three golf courses and the five star Tikida Golf Palace-Hotel and spa.”
We stayed at the Royal Atlas Hotel where we met Es-Sauak Nihal (Product Manager Investment Centre Souss Masa Region and Agadir) who supplied us some tourism related information, in a year the airport received 1.5 million passengers, the region had 5 million hotel overnights and has a 40,000 beds accommodation, all of which has generated 120,000 jobs locally.
On our last evening we were honoured to be invited to spectacular dinner by H.E. Ahmed Ahmed Hajji, the Wali (Governor) of the Souss-Massa region in Morocco. And off we were whisked off on a motorcycle police escorted, lights flashing motorcade through the night streets of Agadir to his residence through gates with saluting military. The Wali is an appointment of His Majasty King Mohammed VI.
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