Tourism receipts are established at 9.7 billion dirhams at the end of March, up 80% compared to the same period last year.
This improvement observed since the resumption of international flights continues, indicates the Minister of Tourism Fatim-Zahra Ammor, questioned by parliamentarians on “the measures taken in favor of the tourism sector”. According to the official, this vital sector of the Moroccan economy receives special attention from the government.
In detail, several support measures have been taken by the executive to boost the recovery of the sector, which has been strongly affected by the health crisis, said the minister. These include the emergency plan of 2 billion dirhams, the payment of the fixed compensation of 2,000 dirhams before Aid Al Fitr for all employees in the sector, tourist carriers and classified restaurants and the postponement of the repayment of bank credit maturities for tourism businesses.
Added to this are the hundreds of requests for renovation of hotel establishments filed with a view to benefiting from state aid and the deployment of a major advertising and marketing campaign to revive the sector, with the aim of doubling the number of arrivals by 2030.
With regard to crafts, Fatim-Zahra Ammor said that work is being done in the sector through the strengthening of the legal and regulatory framework relating to craft activities and medical coverage, and the establishment of platform of the national register of crafts which organizes 172 professions, noting, in this sense, that 96,000 professionals are registered there. Exports of handicrafts posted a 25% increase during the same period.