In order to revive the sector hard hit by the coronavirus crisis, the Ministry of Tourism, Crafts and the Social and Solidarity Economy has announced the granting of financial aid to tourist accommodation establishments (EHT) wishing to benefit State support, with an overall envelope of one billion dirhams, to help them quickly restart their activity.
“On February 21, 2022, a call for expressions of interest (AMI) was launched to identify Tourist Accommodation Establishments wishing to benefit from the financial support of the State in order to support them financially for a rapid restart of their activity. An amount of 1 billion has been reserved by the government for this support”said the ministry in a press release sent to MAP on Tuesday.
“The methodology and approach for implementing this measure of financial support from the State for EHTs have been agreed in close consultation with the parties concerned, namely the Ministry of Economy and Finance and professionals.“, says the same source.
This support, which targets EHT classified within the meaning of the regulations in force, consists of the granting of a subsidy aimed at improving the quality of the offer and the quality of the services offered.
The subsidy is granted up to a maximum of 10% of the turnover (CA) achieved by the establishment concerned for the year 2019, capped at 10 million dirhams (MDH).
EHTs can obtain the AMI file from the latter by simple request sent to the address ([email protected]).
At the end of the evaluations of the local committees, the results obtained from the combination of several criteria will make it possible to classify the requests for support by region and for each category.
As a reminder, the government has approved a major emergency plan amounting to two billion dirhams to support the recovery of the tourism sector.
The emergency plan mainly concerns the extension of the payment of the lump sum indemnity of 2000DH during the first quarter of 2022 (also including tourist carriers and classified restaurants), the deferral of charges due to the CNSS for 6 months for these same employees, the establishment of a moratorium on bank maturities for a period of up to 1 year, for hoteliers and tourist carriers (interim interest will be covered by the State for a period equivalent to the months of non-activity in 2021, as well as than the first quarter of 2022).
It is also about the assumption by the State of the professional tax due by hoteliers in 2020 and in 2021, the granting of a State subsidy to the hotel sector, for an overall amount of 1MMD to support the investment effort (maintenance, renovation, training, etc.) of hotels wishing to prepare for a rapid restart of activity, since the reopening of the borders on February 7th.
Morocco lost 10.4 million arrivals in 2020 compared to 2019 and almost as many in 2021. The volume of overnight stays suffered the same fate since it fell from more than 25 million in 2019 to around 6.9 million. in 2020 (8.5 million max in 2021).
International tourism receipts have collapsed over the past two years, the balance of payment has lost some 82 billion dirhams in travel receipts and the share of domestic tourism receipts has fallen by more than half.