Covid-19: the Executive Adopts a Bill for the Benefits of Tourist Operators

At its meeting on Thursday in Rabat, the Government Council adopted the bill N° 20.30 which sets out special provisions relating to travel contracts, tourist residences and air transport of travelers.

Presented by the Minister of Tourism, Handicrafts, Air Transport and Social Economy, this bill is in line with the measures taken in accordance with Article 5 of Decree-Law No. 2.20. 292 which enacts specific provisions to the state of health emergency and the measures of its declaration which allows the government, in an exception way, to take the required measures that can be directly involved in combating the negative impact of the announcement of the state of health emergency, stated the Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, Government Spokesman, Saaid Amzazi during a press briefing at the end of the Council.

This is about putting in place a legal framework to allow service providers who operate travel, tourism, tourist transport and passenger air transport services to refund their customers through an IOU offering a similar or equivalent service without any increase in fare and this, in order to limit the stoppage of economic activity and its impact on jobs by reducing the pressure on the cash flow of service providers, explained Amzazi.

It also aims to prevent the bankruptcy of Moroccan service providers and to protect the interests of their creditors and specifically customers, and also to increase demand and preserve the value of trade in Morocco by avoiding possible payments in foreign currency, he added.

The bill’s provisions are time-limited and with specific conditions that concern travel contracts, tourist residences and air transport of travelers scheduled between March 1, 2020 and September 30, 2020 and which have recently been canceled following the Coronavirus pandemic, the minister pointed out.

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