Summer Holidays: 7 out of 10 Moroccan Households Do Not Plan to Travel

Approximately 26.1% of the Moroccan households intend to travel once the state of health emergency is lifted, reports the Office of the High Commissioner for Planning (HCP).

This percentage varies from 13.1% among the poorest 20% to 45% among the wealthiest, says the HCP.

This panel also indicates that 7 out of 10 households (71.5%) do not intend to travel during the next summer holidays, with rural residents (80.6%) more than city residents (67.3%).

Regarding the place of stay of households intending to travel, an overwhelming majority (78.9%) plan to stay with their family, the HCP notes, adding that other options include rental homes (8.2%), second homes (4.1%), summer centres (3.2%) and hotels or residential hotels (3%).

As for households not intending to travel during the next summer holidays, the first reason is lack of means with 39.4% of cases, followed by the fact that household members are not used to travel during the holidays (26.1%) and the fear of being contaminated by covid-19 (15.3%).

In order to revive national tourism, several measures were proposed by households. For example, 52.3% of them recommend regular disinfection and sanitization of tourist sites, 37.5% recommend monitoring the application of protective measures in rental residences and 34.2% are in favour of strengthening control measures for staff and customers.

Other recommendations include making masks and disinfectants available to customers (32.3%), launching promotional offers (30.8%), reducing the number of customers (25.5%) and strengthening communication to restore customer confidence (18%).

The panel was conducted by the HCP from 15 to 24 June with a representative sample of 2,169 households. The main objective of this panel is to understand the evolution of socio-economic and preventive behaviours in the context of Covid-19. It also aims to assess the repercussions of this health crisis on the different sections of the Moroccan population in terms of access to education, health care, employment and income.

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