The tourism recovery rate reached 80% at the end of October 2022 in Morocco, surpassing the world level which stands at 70%, said the Minister of Tourism, Handicrafts and Social and Solidarity Economy, Fatim – Zahra Ammor. Answering a question on the tourism promotion strategy, during an oral question session held in the Chamber of Councillors, he observed that the recovery rate of tourist revenues in foreign currency had meanwhile risen to 103% at the end of September, compared to his 2019 level, i.e. before the Covid-19 crisis. As for domestic tourism, revenues have increased significantly, he noted, adding that the number of overnight stays, for their part, reached 45% at the end of September against 30% before the crisis.
This good performance of the tourism sector is the result of Morocco’s good management of the Covid-19 crisis, thus strengthening the country’s credibility on an international scale. They are also the result of the support dedicated by the State to the sector in the context of the emergency plan, of the operations of marketing, promotion and guarantee of some places for national tourist destinations as well as of the adhesion of professionals of the sector and partners, underlined the Minister. In this same context, he recalled the mobilization of a budget of 2 billion dirhams (MMDH) to support the tourism sector, of which 1 billion dirhams is dedicated to the rehabilitation of hotel units, specifying that this initiative had a positive impact on the sector.
Furthermore, Fatim-Zahra Ammor indicated that 40,000 employees in the sector benefited from an extension of the granting of the check (2000 DH) during the first three months of the year 2022, underlining that this same number of employees benefited from the payment deferral of the contributions due to the National Social Security Fund (CNSS) for a period of six months. As regards the postponement of bank loan installments with payment of interest during the period of suspension from work, the minister noted that the number of requests has reached 821, while the ministry has received 1,345 requests in relation to the business tax tourist accommodation facilities.
Fatim-Zahra Ammor said that 737 accommodation facilities have benefited from the ministry’s support to reopen their doors to tourists and welcome them in the best conditions with a total of subsidies estimated at 868 million dirhams (MDH). On the other hand, he said that rural tourism is experiencing an increase in demand from both foreign and Moroccan tourists, assuring, in this sense, that the country has great potential in this area, in the different regions of Morocco.
And underline in this context that the ministry’s work is concentrated on two main axes, namely the development of studies and the implementation of programs to improve the tourism potential of the rural world, through the Moroccan Society of Tourism Engineering, in consultation with the local partners, then the creation of partnerships with the various actors for the realization of these programs.