Group Head of Customer Welfare Carol MacKenzie gives her views on travel to Morocco:
When you think of Morocco, it’s likely that the sights, sounds and smells of a busy traditional market spring to mind. Morocco has a rich history as a centre of global trade among merchants from across North Africa, European, Arabia and even the New World
This exciting country has had countless different influences: from the ancient North African Berber tribes from whom many millions of modern Moroccans trace their ancestry, through Greeks and Romans, Arabs and Islam to the European in the colonial era. Morocco’s own influence is felt across North Africa and into the Spanish peninsula, in its food and its architecture - most famously at the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain.
These many influences make Morocco a fascinating destination, and at less than four hours from London by air, it’s easy for a long weekend or a short break.
North Africa as a region has had a difficult period over the last few years, including a number of high profile and tragic terrorist attacks. While Morocco hasn’t been as affected as its more easterly neighbours of Algeria, Tunisia and Libya, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s considers there to be a high threat from terrorism – the same rating it gives to the UK, Germany or Egypt. The Moroccan government has warned of a threat associated with a growing number of Moroccans with links to high profile terrorist groups. For this reason, the presence of security personnel may be visible at hotels and sites popular with tourists.
Morocco has long been a popular destination for European tourists, and there are some great deals at the moment, for those looking for a taste of a different culture that’s still pretty close to home.
Taking your loved ones anywhere is a serious decision. Ultimately, of course, it’s up to you where you choose to go on holiday. You should always consult FCO travel advice before making your decision. Whichever Thomas Cook holiday you choose, you can always be assured that your safety is our first priority.