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KCCI shows interest in boosting tourism and travel sector’s role

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 25: President of the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), Muhammad Al-Saqr, affirmed the interest of the KCCI to enhance the tourism and travel sector role through communication with the relevant authorities in the country and trying to find appropriate solutions to ensure this sector flourishes once again, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

He stated that this comes as part of the Chamber’s continuous efforts to mitigate the effects of the precautionary measures taken against the coronavirus. On the sidelines of his meeting with the Chairman of the Federation of Tourism and Travel Offices, Muhammad Al-Mutairi, in the presence of the Chairman of the Trade and Transport Committee in the KCCI Khaled Al-Khaled, the Committee’s Rapporteur Abdullah Al-Mulla, and the Director General, Rabah Al- Rabah, Al-Saqr stressed on the keenness and interest of the ‘Chamber’ to look into the obstacles hampering various economic sectors because of the corona pandemic, and trying to do what is possible by offering appropriate solutions in coordination with the concerned authorities in the country.

He pointed to the importance of the tourism and travel sector, which is one of the activities that have been affected because of the precautionary measures that have been taken to combat the virus. Al-Mutairi touched on the difficult conditions that the tourism and travel sector is going through during the current period, as a result of not taking into account the economic aspect when imposing precautionary measures, which are limited only to health aspects, stressing the danger of continuing to impose restrictions on the economic sectors.

He called on health authorities to pay attention to setting appropriate plans for the return of expatriates from ‘banned’ countries, according to the frameworks stipulated by international aviation organizations such as IATA and ICAO, explaining there is a need to reconsider the period of home quarantine that is currently imposed, and which extends in some cases to 28 days. He noted some Gulf Cooperation Council countries opt for seven days quarantine, while some others have done away with quarantine.

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