Abdelouafi Laftit To the Rescue of Tourism

Mr. Laftit chaired a meeting with professionals from the tourism sector and representatives of hotel establishments concerning the resumption of tourist activity. He specified that this mainly involves the resumption of internal tourist activity, the reopening of tourist establishments, the resumption of internal flights, the opening of beaches, the resumption of travel between cities classified in Zone 1 areas and the resumption of inter-city rail and road public transport.

These measures have been further strengthened by the decision which allows Moroccans as well as foreign residents in the Kingdom and their families to access the national territory from July 14, 2020 at midnight by air and sea means, he added, stressing that this will make it possible to promote national tourism during the summer period, in the same way as internal tourism which has been one of the priorities of the Kingdom for several years. 

In order to guarantee the success of this transitional period, the professionals of the sector, in coordination with the health authorities, must respect the recommendations of the public authorities and the international standards aiming at preserving the health and safety of customers and staff, Mr Laftit insisted, specifying that the success of this stage depends on the respect of the sanitary protocol set up for this purpose and based on a series of preventive measures such as the limitation to 50% of the reception capacity, the respect of social distancing, the wearing of masks and the regular sterilization of hotel units and customers’ luggage upon their arrival. In this regard, the Minister of Tourism, Nadia Fettah Alaoui, has indicated that they have set up a guide with preventive measures to preserve the health safety of all the professionals of the tourist sector. 

Moreover, it is also necessary to continue to carry out laboratory tests for the staff of hotel establishments before resuming work, Laftit added, explaining that this is a measure which will tighten the conditions put in place by the public authorities for the return of Moroccans residing abroad, who will be required to present, before boarding a plane or a boat, a PCR test of less than 48 hours, as well as a serological test.

Accordingly, a joint local commission composed of local authorities and representatives of the Ministries of Health and Tourism, representatives of the security services and representatives of professionals in the sector, has been set up to monitor the situation of hotel and tourist units and to make them aware of the importance of respecting preventive health measures in order to avoid the appearance of “tourist outbreaks”.

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