AMMAN – A panel discussion organized by the Abdul Hameed Shoman Cultural Foundation Forum on Monday evening, entitled “How to compensate for tourism losses?”, Discussed the challenges and obstacles faced by the tourism sector during the Corona pandemic and measures taken for it. limit its effects on the national economy in general and on the tourism sector in particular. Secretary General of the Ministry of Tourism, Dr. It was attended by the department of frequent pilots in the Royal Jordanian Yola Ishaq, Dr. Talal Al-Aksha, and the discussion moderated by Dr. Suzi Hatog.
Dr. Hijazin pointed out that the Ministry of Tourism has developed a national strategy for tourism in Jordan for the years 2021-2025, to emerge not only from the consequences of the Corona pandemic, but also for the sustainability of this sector.
He noted the prosperity of the tourism sector in 2019, but he witnessed a significant decline in 2020 due to the Corona pandemic, noting that the ministry’s treatment of the pandemic was represented in three phases, the response phase, which aimed to the protection of Jordanians, tourists, the tourism sector and its employees and then the recovery phase. The aim is to reduce the damage caused to the economy and the tourism sector in particular and to start the recovery phase and finally the resumption phase, which is the return on money. – Corona level and capacity building to cope with the new normal situation.
Hijazin showed that the national strategy aims to increase the number of tourists in exceeding the levels of 2019 in 2025 and return revenues from tourism to the levels of 2019 to 2024, as well as to increase the number of direct employment in tourism from number 2019 to 2023, noting that the axes of the strategy included product development, human resources, marketing and heritage protection management, in addition to reforms.
For his part, Nazzal touched on many challenges and obstacles faced by the development and growth of the tourism sector in Jordan, expressing his hope to achieve a thriving tourism in the coming years.
He said that “Jordan was one of the pioneers in the field of tourism and the growth of the tourism economy and we expanded in this field, but then the tourism sector faced many challenges and obstacles that hindered its development,” he said. stressed that investments. in the tourism sector faced major challenges due to Challenges, conflicts and political conditions in the region after previous time periods.
Nazzal called for the need to review legislation and laws related to the tourism sector and speed up the adoption of important investment decisions and the activation of laws that would preserve tourist and heritage sites, in addition to infrastructure development and expansion. recreational programs.
Ishaq confirmed that the aviation sector was one of the sectors most affected by the Corona pandemic worldwide, noting the high operational costs borne by airlines as a result of air traffic suspensions, noting the direction of Royal Jordanian in her plan for it. face the Corona crisis, which is to maintain its continuity and employees.
She explained that the ownership plan over the next five years includes increasing the number of aircraft from 23 to 45, as well as increasing the number of target destinations and studying the destinations in a way that contributes as a national carrier to attracting tourism to Jordan. . , noting that the new plan will work to create seasonal lines that operate during the summer.Summer to meet the needs of the Jordanian citizen and attract tourists to visit Jordan.
Aksha touched on a study prepared during the Corona pandemic by the Jordanian Society for Scientific Research, Entrepreneurship and Creativity, which was overseen by Dr. on the aviation sector and tourist destinations and the attraction of tourists to Jordan, “he said, referring to some of the recommendations that emerged from the study to support sectors affected by future crises.
Al-Aksha noted the role of tour guides in heritage protection, pointing out that one of the tasks of the tour guide is to tell the history of the country and how to preserve and protect heritage sites.
Dr. Suzy Hatog had indicated at the beginning of the dialogue that Jordan was able to successfully manage the Corona crisis in the immediate response phase, which had the effect of increasing Jordanian society’s confidence in government measures as well as its good reputation globally. , after leading to the provision of Jordan a secure travel service related to the health and general safety procedures of the World Tourism and Travel Council.
She pointed out that despite the package of measures taken by the government to mitigate the impact of the crisis on the tourism sector, it has suffered large losses represented in the reduction of tourism revenues from gross domestic product, in addition to reducing the number of employees with approximately 20 percent.
It is worth noting that the tourism sector is a vital sector in the Kingdom; It contributes about 12 to 14 percent of gross domestic product, while the number of workers in this sector is estimated at about one hundred thousand people. However, this number may have decreased by a significant percentage over the last two years, due to the abnormal conditions that the sector has experienced.
It is worth noting that the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation; The Arab Bank’s arm for social, cultural and intellectual responsibility, a non-profit cultural institution that deals with investing in knowledge, cultural and social creativity to contribute to the advancement of societies in the Arab world through leadership thinking, literature, arts and innovation.