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During COVID-19 the tourism sector was negatively impacted, the government is now seeking to find ways to help the agents and the sector recover. (Photo: Pixabay)
AMMAN— Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Nayef Al-Fayez said that the ministry submitted a request to the prime minister to exempt tourism and travel agencies from fines and fees due this year, according to Al-Ghad News.اضافة اعلان

The request comes after a meeting the ministry held with Jordan Society Tourism and Travel Agents (JSTA) and the tourism committee of the Lower House.

"The government is doing its part in supporting the tourism sector, which has been one of the most affected since the beginning of the pandemic," said Fayez.

"The demands we made during the meeting with the ministry and the Parliamentary Tourism Committee reflect the needs of the sector," JSTA President Suhel Halasah had said at the meeting.

Exempting tourism and travel agencies from paying fees and fines is the government's way of lending support to the sector most affected by the pandemic, said Halasah.

"The sector has called on the government to implement a sustainability program until the end of this year, in view of the commitments and expenses the sector must deal with,” he also said, adding that during the meeting with the minister, Fayez had promised to follow up on the tourism and travel agents’ request and try to fulfil their demands.

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