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Marrakech GP a New Addition to 2009 WTCC Calendar

Posted in Property News by Colin Timms Monday July 7, 2008

The FIA World Touring Car Championship will expand to Africa in 2009. With the addition of a race meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, the world championship is now set to visit four continents next year: Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia.

Marrakech property: A galloping success

Morocco’s first international Grand Prix in more than 50 years was launched yesterday during a crowded press conference at Marrakech’s El Saadi Palace. The historical city will host the WTCC on a brand new temporary street circuit in the heart of the red city on May 3rd, 2009.

The Marrakech WTCC event will be the first international car race in Morocco after the 1958 Formula One Grand Prix in Casablanca.

“This will be everybody’s grand prix. We all have to work together to prove the world that Morocco can build a street circuit and organise a motorsport event according to the FIA standards. And to do this we need to mobilize all our resources. This event will have an unprecedented impact on Moroccan economy and tourism,” said the President of the Marrakech Grand Prix Ali Horma.               Source:

This is good news for Morocco and good news for investors in Marrakech property. The fact that the FIA World Touring Car Championship have chosen Marrakech as a venue for one of their prestigious GP meetings is further proof that Morocco is positioning itself as a modern forward looking country with ambitions to be the leading nation for modernisation in the region.

It is expected that the newly announced race meeting will bring many big spending visitors to the city which is already benefitting from record numbers of tourists beguiled by Marrakech’s exotic charms.

Michael Kent, Sales Director of Morocco property specialists Moroccan Sands said: “This event is sure to further raise the city’s profile on the international stage”. He added: “Couple this new interest with the recently reported increase in visitors numbers and you can see why Marrakech property owners who let out their properties, are reaping excellent rental incomes”.