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Strategy for tourism development in Laguna de Marchica

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Strategy for tourism development in Laguna de Marchica

Service Area: Dream Resorts & Hotels
Capabilitiess: Master plan, Business model, Product development, Experiential system
Client: Societé de développement de la Lagune de Marchica Med
Location: Nador Province, Morocco

Located on the outskirts of the city of Nador, the Laguna de Marchicha has an area of 115 km2 of sea and over 60 kilometres of coastline. It also offers exceptional beaches and high quality spaces near natural urban areas which have had an uncontrolled expansion. Therefore, they needed to be properly defined and developed.

Marchica medTHR had to design 6 mixed-use resorts at the Laguna de Marchica, an outline as to how the Atalayoun Peninsula would be distributed.

The total number of beds would be over 88,000, with 11 hotels distributed in 1,474 hectares.

Location of the Laguna de Marchica


Ubicación laguna Marchica

THR worked on the development of the business model, the tourist attractions and infrastructure, the organisation of the destination and the tourism product, as well as the plan of water exploitation for nautical uses.

The key points for the success of the project were:

  • Comprehensive planning
  • Integrating local population
  • In situ training participation of renowned operators
  • Destination management agency
  • Contribution to regional development

Master plan for one of the 6 Resorts of the Laguna de Marchica


Master plan Laguna de Marchica
Source: THR

A perfect balance of experiences through the 6 concepts of worldclass tourism developments:

  • Atalayoun: a resort with an exclusive environment and a glamourous atmosphere with memorable experiences related to golf and navigation. Nador Port: designed for residential purposes, a villa with a nautical port which links tradition and modernity in perfect harmony.
  • The Marchica Orchards: with a family-oriented 'Holiday Park', 'Rural Marchica' focuses on agricultural and cattle activities and a great entertainment space which presents a wide and varied leisure offer for all kinds of public.
  • Marchica Sports: a complex designed to be a first class sports centre.
  • Flamingo Bay: combines an extensive range of accomodation, equipment and services to practise lake tourism, boat trips and golf.
  • Alboran Islands: reproduction of historical, cultural and natural environments of the Mediterranean, creating an authentic environment of great symbolic value.

Images of the Laguna de Marchica Project


Ilustración Laguna de Marchica

Ilustración Laguna Marchica
Source: THR

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