Parliamentary Committee approves Tourism Law amendment for 2024

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AMMAN— On Sunday, the Parliamentary Committee for Tourism and Antiquities approved a draft amendment to the Tourism Law for 2024.اضافة اعلان

 During the meeting, Committee Chairman Deputy Majdi Al-Yaqoub, alongside Ministers of Tourism and Public Antiquities, Makram Al-Qaisi, and Legal Affairs, Nancy Namrouqa, emphasized the law's primary goal: supporting and encouraging investment in the tourism sector, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

Yaqoub stressed the importance of establishing regulations governing the licensing process for tourism facilities, highlighting the necessity of streamlining procedures for investors. He also underscored the need for a clear pathway for investors to obtain approvals and licenses, as well as the importance of training municipal personnel and transferring experiences from the tourism ministry to facilitate interactions with investors.

Additionally, Qaisi clarified that the Ministry of Tourism holds the authority to approve licenses for tourism facilities, serving as the regulatory body for the sector, affirming that regulations and instructions would address issues regarding extensions for completing license applications.

Qaisi explained that the Tourism Amendment aims to simplify procedures for investors by transferring the licensing system from the ministry to municipalities to avoid overlapping authorities, noting that this transfer of licensing authority to municipalities is not unprecedented, as it will involve expertise transfer and training for municipal staff on tourism-related procedures.

For her part, Namrouqa highlighted that the new amendments aim to enhance the sector's competitiveness and improve the business environment to attract more investment. She mentioned that the most significant amendments involve easing licensing procedures, requiring only ministry-issued approvals to practice tourism professions and activities.

Namrouqa elaborated on how the evolving era demands introducing new terms into the law to adapt to developments and ensure the sustainability and continuity of the tourism sector.

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