Rabat - Moroccan tourism transport professionals are struggling to compete with American company Uber.
Rabat – Moroccan tourism transport professionals are struggling to compete with American company Uber.
The tourism sector’s current crisis in Morocco has begun to impact other activities dependent on it.
According to President of the National Federation of Tourist Transport (FNTT) Othman Cherif Alami, tourist transport operators have noticed a decline in activity ranging between 20 and 40 percent.
The FNTT recorded a decline of 75 percent between 2014 and 2015 in tourist trips, which decreased from 160 to 50 trips per week.
The FNTT has called on all operators to avoid any collaboration with Uber. Sector operators and relevant Ministries deemed the company’s activities informal.
“Uber is a sword of Damocles on tourist transport. It is a serious threat to this sector, given the fact that the company does not provide any support to its partners in case of accidents,” an official from Ministry of Tourism stated.
One cannot stop the tide of “Uberization” in the economy. “We must evolve,” the Cherif Alami said.
On October 21, the Wilaya of Casablanca requested Moroccan authorities to open an investigation into Uber Morocco and other transportation mediators operating on the Internet and stop their activities deemed illegal by Moroccan law.