“Here I can say they are German because they came with their dog. It’s always the Germans who bring their dogs with them. And when a dog is with them, it means they came by caravan. Most Germans travel by caravan, into all cities. Especially older people like caravans. The monkey! He has never seen a monkey before, I think.”

“They are German. Why German? It is rare to meet Germans like that, at this age, because most German couples at this age come in groups. There are some younger people who come in pairs or alone, but most Germans that I know come in groups. French people come alone, no matter what age, but Germans, even if they know Morocco quite well, when they come to Marrakech, you can see them in groups. I am sure this couple is German because of the way they react to the circus people.”

“French people stop, that’s true. When you ask anyone… just say hello to French people. You can go on and ask them where they come from, where they have been in Morocco, what they have done, how long they have been in Morocco, they just talk. Spanish also. If you talk to them in Spanish, they’ll stop. Oh, Americans, they just say: Thank you, sorry, sorry… Germany: No, I have no time. No, thank you, thank you, and they go around, yeah, it’s like that. English people, they may stop sometimes, if you talk to them long, they may stop – it depends. Most of the time, they don’t stop also. They are afraid because they have all an idea about Morocco: Moroccan people look just for money. If they talk to tourists, it’s just to sell them something, push them to buy, sell them. Very often Moroccans just want to talk, to discuss. And English people don’t discuss. It’s in their tradition. Even if they meet one of their friends, they just say hello, and that’s it. But the French are more open, the Spanish also, they are more open with the Moroccan people because they are our neighbours and they come to Morocco usually.”

“What I can say about the Germans, at least about the German tourists who come here, because I would have to go to Germany to know them even better, but what I know about the Germans: When they buy something, they just buy whatever they need. They don’t bargain as much as French, Spanish and other people. Well, there are also French people who buy a lot and pay well, but from a touristic point of view Germans prefer taking things in without passing many comments. They like twinkling things. They like the sea. They like the sun, because they don’t have that. For us, that’s what the Germans are like. And as I said before, from a commercial point of view: they do buy. And when they purchase something, they pay a good price.”

“Germans are a litte bit racist towards the Moroccans. Well, maybe it’s not really racism but a cause of their traditions. Anyhow, they are quite suspicious, they are not interested in other people, they don’t get in touch with others. They prefer busying themselves with objects, for example by visiting monuments. They are very interested in how something is built, how a certain building material is used, and for what reasons things have been built. But they ignore human beings. This is a bad habit of the Germans. They are not interested in us. Not all of them – but anyway, this is my opinion.”

“Well, in general: People who are very suspicious won’t benefit from their holidays, from their trip. One shouldn’t overstate, shouldn’t be too suspicious. When those people come to Marrakech, they won’t take advantage of their voyage. Travelling means coming into contact. One should get to know the culture, speak with the people, well – of course there are limits. You can’t say that the French or the Germans are suspicious, this is not a question of nationality. It might be prosperity, it also depends on their families and on how they grew up.”

“Something else: In Marrakech and in Agadir one meets a lot of Germans, particularly in Agadir. The tourists who come to Agadir spend one or two days in Marrakech, in a group or alone. In Marrakech, Germans are called Berbers. Why are they called Berbers? Because Berbers are strict. In France, the Bretons are considered to be as thickheaded as the Berbers. In Morocco there is a tribe, in a village called Imilchil. People over there look like Germans, and when they say “Yes”, they say it in German. Germans are called Berbers because they are correct, well, what I want to say: because of their discipline.”

“Obviously tourism has changed after 9/11. Many people are now changing their habits, they are choosing their destination very well. They are thinking about every litte detail because of the conflict and its appearance in the media. People start thinking more, they are more afraid. They are trying to figure out where they can still go, although for instance here in Morocco and in Marrakech there are no problems. It is quiet, people are welcome, but because of the media and all that people begin asking themselves whether they should travel here or there. The situation is beginning to destabilize a litte bit, because tourism is very delicate. You can compare it to an egg. If you are not careful, the egg will break. It is the same with tourism. If you don’t receive people peacefully, calmly and pleasantly, you run the risk of tourism dropping off and people travelling to other countries. Well, you have to take care of tourism and of the tourists in all areas: concerning transport, concerning climate, at the airport, at the port, everywhere, in the restaurants, in the hotels, the cafes, everywhere, because the tourist is an investment.”