Remarks by Minister of Tourism Orit Farkash HaCohen as part of the comprehensive election conference held for the first time by the Association of Travel Agencies in the last two days (Monday and Tuesday)
A comprehensive election conference was first held by the Association of Travel Agencies in the last two days (Monday and Tuesday). Senior party members appeared before about 200 members of the industry in Zoom, presented their “I believe” and those of their parties with an emphasis on the crisis in the tourism industry and answered the participants’ questions.
Minister of Tourism, MK Orit Farkash HaCohen She opened the second day of the conference and said: “Travel agents are under the responsibility of the Ministry of Tourism and I fought for it against certain officials in the ministry who argued otherwise, it is impossible to separate travel agents from the world of tourism. When there are millions vaccinated – the responsibility should pass to the public and not through closures imposed from above by the government. In a democracy it is not right to close the sky, had to think of other solutions. My next challenge is to responsibly open the sky.
“There is a need for reciprocity in the entry and exit of tourists to the country, and this should be anchored in the outline of the opening of the sky. Of course of vaccinated or under testing. The desire to open the sky to individuals and groups – in the same outline that existed before the closure of Ben Gurion Airport. I will work with the Minister of Health on the issue. The Minister of Health wants an application that will check the reliability of vaccinated certificates and tests. Fear of abuse and inability to enforce. ”
Tali Laufer, The director general of the Association of Travel Agencies said at the beginning of the conference: ” A year ago when the corona crisis began and the industry went silent, no one of us imagined that a year later we would still be in the same situation and in the midst of a fourth election campaign. Unfortunately this is the situation. As you all know, the association has been operating since the outbreak of the crisis as the bearer of the struggle of the bleeding tourism industry. In this context, we are proud to host here today and tomorrow the representatives of the various parties so that we can hear from them their doctrine and especially how they intend to act to help get our industry back on track. ”
MK Yaakov Margi – Chairman of the Economics Committee Be the first to participate. MK Margie, who is known for his great commitment to assisting the industry during the difficult crisis he is going through, reiterated in his remarks that he will continue to act and assist in the return of the industry’s members to activity.
MK Yifat Shasha Bitton – Chairman of the Corona Committee Presented her clear position that one should return to activity soon and create a new routine of life alongside the corona and pledged to those present that as long as things depend on it, there will never again be a situation where an entire industry is shut down from activity without being addressed.
MK Miki Levy, Known for his constant assistance to the industry, he said that tourism is an engine of economic growth and therefore action must be taken to return to activity and promised to act on the issue of travel insurance abroad. When we start to recover from the epidemic, every government that is elected must prepare a special plan to help the tourism industry. You have a friend here in the Knesset, I want to bring you back to the forefront of the stage. I have been dealing with security issues for 24 years, now I want to deal with economic issues. In this context, my soul goes out to the Ministry of Tourism. ”
MK Ayelet Shaked She said that after June we should continue with the outline of applying only to people who cannot work, such as the travel industry. This industry was the first to be hit by the corona crisis and is also the last to recover. Despite this, I have no doubt that creative solutions can also be found for this industry. We have published a plan for the self-employed, there are voluntary unemployment benefits for the self-employed – those who want to retire to unemployment benefits and those who do not want to – do not.
MK Keren Barak Concluding the first day of the conference, detailing all the economic steps taken by the government for the businesses and workers, having a long dialogue with the travel agents and listening to their plight.
MK Oded Forer Addressing the issue of the rights of the self-employed, relevant to many of the participants and saying that the self-employed will be considered before the state authorities what does not happen one day. For example, allow them to be sick, go on vacation, get unemployment benefits. Self-employed women should be entitled to maternity leave even if they work during the period and in general the state needs to undergo a digitization revolution in order to streamline its service to the self-employed and the general public in general.
MK Ahmad Tibi Addressed consumer issues and airlines in the context of the Aviation Services Act he initiated and answered questions about opening the skies and argued that opening should be taken as the number of vaccinated increased.
MK Omar Bar-Lev Was the last to speak and said he would work for tourism to be excluded as a separate industry until it could be put back into operation.An abbreviated address for this article: https://www.ias.co.il?p=114285
Source: IAS by www.ias.co.il.
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