“May go back”: Fear in the business sector and in the tourism industry of economic damage

The business sector and the tourism and aviation industries are closely and uncertainly following developments following the discovery of the Omicron variant, fearing new restrictions and cancellations of flights and vacations. The reports on the Omicron and the restrictions that have already been decided, or are on the table, came at a time when there was a recovery trend in the business sector and in the tourism and aviation industries after the corona crisis.

“There is concern among business owners, who are once again raising restrictions without creating a full compensation mechanism. We hope that the economy will remain open with maximum activity and as few restrictions as possible. If restrictions are decided, we will fight for full compensation for affected business owners,” he told Maariv. “President of Lahav – Chamber of Independent and Business Organizations in Israel, Adv. Roi Cohen.

He says, “I’m already hearing about cancellations of flights and planned vacations abroad. We are following the developments closely and apprehensively and hope that this time the business owners will not be the ones to pay the price. “

There are also concerns about the future in the tourism and aviation industries. “After the recovery from the Great Depression has already begun, Israelis have gradually returned to fly, go on vacations abroad and tourists have returned to Israel, a new strain has arrived that could take us back,” said a senior in the aviation industry. Israelis leaving and entering Ben Gurion Airport, but also about the conduct of countries around the world.

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Flight, airplane (illustration) (Photo: Ingeimage)

Meanwhile, the Histadrut’s Independence Forum addressed a letter to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, the Minister of Finance Avigdor Lieberman, Minister of Economy Orna Barbibai And the Minister of Tourism Joel Rezbozov. Shai Gal, head of the Knesset and government department at the Independent Forum, wrote: “Guides and other inbound tourism practitioners will be harmed immediately.

“Once again, the need for the urgent installation of a ‘push-button procedure’ for such emergencies (and also: floods, earthquakes and security incidents) is clear, so that every dealer will know that when a restriction occurs, the amount of compensation will be compensated,” he added. “What we all have in common, regarding the need to prevent the spread of the fifth wave, you must do everything possible and beyond to prevent a ‘fifth wave’ of business collapse.”

Empty Ben Gurion Airport, luggage collection conveyor belt (Photo: Mark Israel Salem)Empty Ben Gurion Airport, luggage collection conveyor belt (Photo: Mark Israel Salem)

Switzerland announced yesterday that due to the discovery of the new variant in Israel, the entry of Israelis who do not have a Swiss passport will be banned. In addition, it was decided to stop all flights from Switzerland to Ben Gurion Airport and any Swiss passport holder arriving from Israel would be required to present a negative PCR test and stay in isolation for ten days, regardless of whether we were vaccinated against the corona or recovered.

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