Recommendations for tax exemption of incoming tourism offices until 2023

The Economic and Social Council said it had received recommendations from tourism and travel agents and service providers, to financially support incoming international tourism offices and to exempt them from taxes by 2023, to enable them to return to their work and ensure their sustainability and continuity. for the period after the Corona.

He noted in the country’s 2021 state report, which was reviewed by the “Kingdom”, that tourism and travel agents, the restaurant sector, civil society institutions and the local community made recommendations for the development of the tourism sector in Jordan. , explaining that stimulating the Aqaba and Dead Sea hotels to make special offers for their prices and to create a competitive product, such as tourism (inclusive AII) and lower food and beverage prices within it, will contribute to development of the tourism sector.

The report calls for the rescheduling of debts of entities operating in the tourism sector, so that repayment begins in early 2023, according to an agreed timeline, which will contribute to the development of the tourism sector and work with relevant authorities to unify procedures and instructions for entry and exit at all Jordanian air, land and sea crossings.

And he indicated that the implementation of soft residency programs for businessmen from Arab countries will encourage investment, which will improve the tourism sector, in addition to reconsidering the opening of entrance doors for closed nationalities from countries that need prior approval. , in Afghanistan, Iran. , and the Philippines. Pakistan, Vietnam, Iraq, Yemen, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Guinea, etc.

In the restaurants sector, the report shows that the provision of a part (quota) for permits and employment in the tourism sector will contribute to the establishment of the sector, in addition to providing the necessary approvals for the operation of all tourist facilities by the Ministry of Tourism.

And restaurant owners demanded that the multiple tariffs set in the sector be reviewed.

Civil society organizations and the local community made recommendations that include focusing on community tourism and small and medium-sized investment projects funded and managed by members of the local community, such as environmental camps, agricultural tourism projects, guest houses, and projects in tourist track.

They called for the involvement of people from local communities in the preparation of plans for the development of tourism in their areas, increasing the efficiency of road infrastructure leading to the target locations, paying attention to public services through daily monitoring and a periodic maintenance plan. , and the opportunity to benefit from the experiences of neighboring countries such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia in the public service management mechanism.

These institutions emphasized that the preparation of tourist and archeological areas by placing explanatory and indicative tables in historical information that show the importance of these places, will contribute to the strengthening of the tourism sector.

The Economic and Social Council clarified that tourism is one of the main movements of international trade and at the same time represents the flows of foreign direct investment and one of the main sources of income for many developing countries.

He showed that this increase coincides with the increase of diversity and competition between global destinations in early 2020, as in 2019 entered 1.5 billion tourists, an increase of 4% compared to a year ago.

He noted that tourism growth in the tourism sector has reached its highest levels, but the Corona pandemic has negatively impacted the unprecedented tourism sector, as a result of the closure and closure of airports globally, along with fears. of tourists worldwide from trips to avoid infection with the Corona virus.

He said the complete closure of most airports and land borders affected the tourism sector from mid-March to the end of May 2020.

He drew attention to the fact that the tourism sector is one of the most vital sectors in Jordan, mainly because of its religious and historical importance, as Jordan enjoys other features that make it a destination for tourists and visitors from all over the world in all over the world. Asia, Africa and Europe.

He explained that the growth of the tourism sector in the last two decades contributed to making tourism one of the main pillars of the Jordanian national economy due to its behavior in strong currencies and the increase of its income. income tax and sales for hotels and tourist institutions, such as restaurants, transportation systems and others.

According to the Economic and Social Council, 2019 was distinguished at all levels, as this sector provided nearly 54 thousand jobs, about 85% of which are Jordanian.

He stressed that 2019 has been a year distinguished by the number of overnight tourists, as Jordan has been visited by about 4.5 million tourists, an increase of 8% compared to 2018, and revenues from tourism in 2019 have reached 4.1 billion dinars, with an increase. rate of 10.2% during 2018.

The increase in the number of overnight tourists for 2019 was 8% compared to 2018 and the percentage of total visitors increased by 8.9 compared to 2018, according to the council.

According to the economic indicators of the Central Bank, the value of travel bills for 2017 was 3293.4 million dinars, while in the following year it was 8,3726.6 million dinars, to 75.5% due to the Korona pandemic.

The sector has invested in many programs, such as supporting low-cost charter flights, intensifying promotional campaigns and directing them to specific segments, establishing many hotel-tourism facilities of different classifications, building relationships with global offices of travel and tourism, and work in the development of workers and their training in the tourism sector and others.

In 2020 and with the start of the Corona pandemic, there was a huge loss in the value of revenues from the tourism sector, approximately 76% from a year ago as a result of the complete closure that included all its facilities, as well as the suspension of work in the hotel sector, with the exception of a very small part, which provided accommodation and food service without using any hotel facility and for a limited period of time, bound by quarantine protocols.

Beginning in June, the government gradually opened and operated several economic sectors, including tourism facilities, in accordance with public health and safety regulations. She also worked to activate domestic tourism and motivate Jordanians to visit tourist sites through the launch of Our Jordan Program on June 25, which Contribute to the operation of tourist facilities.

With the beginning of July and in the conditions of stabilization of the epidemiological situation, all economic facilities were opened at their full capacity, which helped to move the economic wheel a little and this situation continued until the beginning of August, when Jordan then registered a significant increase in the number of injuries, which prompted the government to take a series of new decisions to limit the spread of the virus, including closing restaurant and cafe halls for a two-week period from 17 September and limiting the provision. of services through delivery or treatment and not in halls.

This decision aroused the anger of investors in the tourist restaurant sector, because it threatens their business, and could lead to bankruptcy and closure of many tourist facilities, and thus will negatively affect their employees.


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