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Mediterranean chambers of commerce call for unification of travel protocols

The Ascame wants to accelerate the recovery of tourism in the Mediterranean - Here Caesarea (photo F.Dubessy)
The Ascame wants to accelerate the recovery of tourism in the Mediterranean - Here Caesarea (photo F.Dubessy)
MEDITERRANEAN. The Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ascame) believes, Monday, May 31, 2021, that "tourism demand can return to pre-Covid-19 levels before the end of 2021. But the structure based in Barcelona, however, poses several prerequisites. And mainly the easing of border restrictions and health protocols that could be achieved through the progression of vaccinations globally.

Ascame recognizes, however, that "much remains to be done to facilitate tourist travel during the pandemic, including simplifying PCR testing, making test results available quickly and establishing a clear set of travel protocols in different destinations." It therefore calls on "Mediterranean, European and global institutions to agree on travel protocols that promote job creation and the revival of key economic sectors in the Mediterranean. If different regions and international institutions implement their own protocols and travel authorization requirements, the recovery of the tourism sector will continue to be hampered by the lack of a unified plan.

30% of global tourism revenues realized in the Mediterranean

For Anwar Zibaoui, general coordinator of Ascame, "the pandemic is an unprecedented opportunity to reconfigure the sector and ensure not only its growth, but also its sustainability, with inclusion and responsibility as priorities."

The world's leading tourism area and steadily growing for the past seventy years, the Mediterranean region welcomes some 400 million tourists per year and accounts for 32% of all international tourist arrivals generating 30% of global tourism revenues.

This industry contributes 23% to the service sector of Mediterranean countries and employs more than 20 million people. According to Ascame, tourism has an impact on seventy other economic activities and 10% of employment in these countries.

Eric Apim

Monday, May 31st 2021

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