The Board of Administrators of the Moroccan Society for Engineering Tourism (SMIT) met on Tuesday, December 27, 2022, below the chairmanship of the Minister of Tourism, Crafts and Social and Solidarity Economic system, Fatima Zahra Amor.
After a tough post-pandemic interval, SMIT’s efforts in 2022 centered on reviving and rising funding in tourism. It must be remembered that in this decade, the litter capability has been doubled, and the quantity of funding has elevated to nearly 8.5 billion dirhams in 2022. Thus, the fixed efforts of SMIT contributed to a speedy restoration, marked by a rise within the vary with the opening of main resort manufacturers: Marriott in Rabat, Mariott Casablanca, Conrad Rabat Arzana, Hilton Backyard Inn in Casablanca, Hilton Taghazout, Fairmont Palais Tazi in Tangier, Fairmont Salé and others establishments with a world title.
Fatima-Zahra Amor says: “Tourism engineering led by SMIT performed a central function within the revival of the sector and 2022 was wealthy in achievements: +15% by way of funding in comparison with 2019, 737 hospitality institutions benefited from the federal government’s actions. 1 billion dirhams to modernize the resort supply, in addition to to open a number of new resort blocks, that are a part of the event of our reception capability.’
Imad Barrakad, Managing Director of SMIT, says: “The yr 2022 was marked by the mobilization of serious assets for the revival of the tourism sector and the event of entrepreneurship, particularly within the tourism TPMS. SMIT is totally consistent with this revival dynamic and has mobilized its abilities and assets to roll out applications in favor of a pretty tourism product for traders and assembly the expectations of vacationers.”
When it comes to elevated funding, SMIT has been a key participant within the resurgence of funding following the Covid healthcare disaster. Tourism engineering analysis carried out by SMIT has contributed drastically to advertise tourism funding amongst its goal. Consequently, a number of investment-related occasions have been organized to advertise the alternatives that Morocco presents.
SMIT additionally continued to offer technical and monetary help to native authorities to extend the attractiveness of their territories and create favorable situations for funding. Greater than 1.5 billion dirhams have been allotted for brand new applications, primarily centered on bettering the out of doors tourism expertise, which is very valued by worldwide and nationwide vacationers.
As for the restoration plan, the SMIT mandated mission of deploying help mechanisms has been achieved admirably with tangible ends in a really quick time-frame. Greater than 737 resort institutions took benefit of the state subsidy mechanism. Lastly, greater than 10,000 financing contracts have been signed for the advantage of the Forsa program beneficiaries.
In its 2026 strategic plan, SMIT intends to revive, refocus and relaunch tourism funding consistent with the Ministry of Tourism’s roadmap.
Concerning the 2023 motion plan, SMIT will proceed the coverage of consolidating and diversifying the tourism product, offering technical and monetary help to areas, and together with VSMEs in tourism applications.