The tourism sector is back with good figures

By Nabil Ouzzane on 2022/06/27 at 10:39 p.m. Tourists walk around Jamaâ El Fna square in Marrakech, May 12, 2022. © Copyright: FADEL SENNA / AFP Kiosque360. Strongly impacted by the effects of Covid-19, the tourism sector is recovering. The latest figures give hope and the lean years seem a long way off. This article is a press review taken from the daily newspaper L'Economiste. It's the return of sunny days for tourism in Morocco. The sector has suffered severely from the effects of Covid-19, but the latest figures show insolent health. To the delight of operators and hundreds of thousands of Moroccans who live from this activity. Quoting a new report from Morocco's Department of Financial Studies and Forecasts, the daily L'Economiste reports on it in its June 28 edition. Thus, receipts increased by more than 300% during the month of April and by more than 500% in March, culminating in a total amount of 13.6 billion dirhams (1.3 billion dollars). This amount is 4 billion dirhams ($400 million) less than what was recorded during the same period in 2019, showing a recovery rate of 79.7%. For the months of March and April, the collection rate was 91.2%, the report adds. These figures come after a difficult year for the tourism industry in 2021, mainly due to travel restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. The number of tourists who traveled to Morocco also quadrupled at the end of May, compared to the same period in 2021, rising from 500,000 to 2.3 million. Of these 2.3 million, 51% were foreign tourists while 49% were Moroccans residing abroad who were visiting the country again. The number of tourists, however, remains down almost 50% compared to the same period in 2019. This figure remains in line with forecasts by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), which said that international tourist arrivals this year would vary between 30% and 45% compared to 2019. As a reminder, and within the framework of the emergency plan of two billion dirhams put in place by the Ministry of Tourism to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on professionals in the tourism, 1 billion dirhams was dedicated to the financial support of classified tourist accommodation establishments (EHT), wishing to improve the quality of their product and service offer. This subsidy is used in particular to ensure the maintenance of equipment and spaces, the integration of renewable energies in the sector, the digital transformation of establishments and the training of staff. Initially, 737 establishments will benefit from this measure. All requests for assistance below 500,000 dirhams have been satisfied. By Nabil Ouzzane