A carriage driver, steward, tour guide and diving instructor testified how they resisted the suspension of tourism activities related to the pandemic.
In 2020, the tourism industry created 272 million jobs worldwide, accounting for 10% of the global gross domestic product (GDP). In developing countries, it is an economically powerful country that has influence on land use planning, transportation, agriculture, handicrafts and construction.
Since 2020, global travel has been associated with measures to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, which has caused a social tsunami. If cruise employees are affected, especially in Thailand, so are employees and self-employed persons engaged in various activities. Such as Morocco, Barbados, Croatia and Tunisia.
Every time, Abdellah Najib believed this. In September, Morocco allowed foreign tourists who booked hotels to return. Also in December, the institution in Marrakech was full at the end of the year celebrations. Even in January, he still believed that launching a vaccination campaign in Saudi Arabia would end the crisis. Every time he took a carriage to the famous Jemaa El-Fna square in Marrakech, hoping that someone would use his service. But the tourists never came back. The low frequency of flights, the country’s strict restrictions and the resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic in Europe have all slowed down bookings. The curfew imposed in December led to an avalanche of cancellation.
It has been a year since Abdellah Najib dragged his horse through the deserted streets of the tourist capital of Morocco, where tourism accounts for 7% of the gross domestic product (GDP). In the city and its region, 90% of tourists come from abroad. Since the country closed its borders in mid-March 2020, “Until further notice”, French, Spanish, Chinese no longer come. Even the communities of expats and retirees who live here throughout the year have shrunk. Moreover, local initiatives to encourage residents to borrow horse-drawn carriages are not enough to resume this activity.
“My family has three generations of horses, we don’t know what to do”, The 63-year-old driver said that he hardly has any income. Like most horse-drawn carriage drivers in the country, Abdellah Najib (Abdellah Najib) works in an unofficial circuit. In the first few months of the health crisis, he received state aid equivalent to 100 euros per month. But the allowance has stopped, and he is now trying to support his family. “What are we going to do now?”, Lamented the father of five children.
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