After meeting with professionals from Morocco’s top two tourist destinations, the Minister of Tourism met with operators from Tangier-Tétouan-Al Hoceima on Wednesday October 21. According to a reliable source, this working meeting did not give rise to any announcement even if it allowed Nadia Fettah to collect proposals from representatives of the region to prepare for the recovery.
Three months after her first meeting, during the COVID period, with hoteliers, restaurateurs, representatives of tourist transport and travel agencies in the Tanger-Tétouan-Al Hoceima region, Nadia Fettah Alaoui, Minister of Tourism chaired, Wednesday, October 21 , in the Wilaya of Tangier, a new meeting with regional operators.
A listening session that did not give rise to any announcement
According to an authorized source, the discussions first focused on the presentation of regional tourism performance during the summer season before discussing the work program of the Regional Tourism Council and the avenues of intervention of operators to prepare for the gradual resumption of tourism. international tourism.
If the ministerial press release published after the meeting between the minister and representatives of the sector described as encouraging the first signs of the recovery, with arrivals in progress at the Tangier Ibn Batouta airport and a renewed interest of the tour- foreign operators, the meeting did not give rise to any announcements to facilitate the return of domestic and international tourism.
The dialogue continues to collect the proposals of the CRT
“In fact, this working meeting was mainly used to listen to the CRT program to relaunch the region with concrete proposals on brand development, promotion and digital.
“After her recent meetings with the CRTs of Marrakech and Agadir and her last visit to the TTAH region, dating from July, the Minister had to return to continue the dialogue and find solutions capable of helping the resumption of a disaster area in the north ”, sums up our interlocutor.
No visibility on the abolition of the PCR test which discourages tourists from coming to Morocco
When asked whether it was possible to eliminate the PCR test in the short term or replace it with a test on arrival in Morocco, our source once again asserts that this decision does not belong to the Minister even if it is loudly claimed by local and international operators.
“For the moment, there is no announcement that goes in this direction on the side of his ministerial department because the protocol which obliges travelers to Morocco to present the results of a negative PCR test dating back less than 72 years. hours are still in progress ”, concludes our cabinard …
The profession has presented all its avenues to revive the activity of the region
Present at the meeting, Rkia Alaoui who chairs the CRT of the TTAH region confirmed to us that the main purpose of this meeting was to collect proposals from the profession.
“To sum up, the Minister listened to the operators and gathered the complaints specific to the region of each of the participants. This exchange also enabled him to answer certain questions.
The holy trinity of recovery will go through the relaxation of PCR tests, less traffic constraints and the opening of a ferry line
“If this meeting was very useful for continuing the dialogue with our supervisory ministry, the priority of priorities is to carry out PCR tests on arrival at Moroccan airports and also to add to special flights, a maritime ferry line. for visitors from Spain.
“Indeed, this would allow a small additional opening knowing that for the moment, the Sète-Tanger and Genoa-Tangier lines have been stopped.
“At the national level, the other priority is to relax the traffic restrictions because on the one hand, we are in the school holiday period and on the other hand because it is almost the end of the year.
“From there, people who have a hotel reservation should be able to move around more easily without having to request a travel authorization from the local authorities.
“A hotel stay is a semi-containment solution”
“Especially since the hotels that have all adopted preventive measures are currently the safest places without any source of contamination last summer despite thousands of overnight stays.
“Indeed, when you stay in a hotel room with your family, you are in a situation of semi-confinement less risky than at home where you will be more tempted to receive people,” concludes the president who despite complaints waiting to be satisfied specifies that the meeting was useful in preparing for the resumption …