Restaurant and cafe owners complain about the decline in financial income at the beginning of Ramadan
A few days after the month of Ramadan, cafe and restaurant owners complained about the low attendance this year compared to previous years due to the difficult economic situation in which various social strata found themselves.
Professional sources explained in this context that cafes and restaurants do not reach even thirty percent of the number of transactions on ordinary days before Ramadan, noting that financial income has decreased significantly in the early days of Ramadan.
Cafe and restaurant owners urged relevant ministerial bodies to continue the inter-society dialogue, responding to the demands of professionals regarding taxes, which have become the subject of a dispute with local authorities in a number of territorial groups.
Noureddine Al-Harraq, head of the National Association of Cafe and Restaurant Owners in Morocco, said that “the number of financial transactions decreased significantly at the beginning of the month of Ramadan in all Moroccan cities”, noting that “the demand for restaurants has decreased”. during the night time.”
Al-Harraq added in a statement to Hespress that “restaurants have previously attracted customers during the night, especially before the pre-dawn meal, as some families prefer to dine out for entertainment.”
The same professional actor explained that “restaurants have become almost empty due to low night-time occupancy, which has exacerbated the financial losses of professionals”, stating that “cafes, in turn, have reduced their daily financial operations due to reduced working hours.” ”
The same spokesperson continued: “Cafes and restaurants are experiencing an exceptional year at various levels, including the month of Ramadan, due to high prices in recent months that have prompted citizens to refrain from a number of services.”
The head of the National Association of Moroccan Café and Restaurant Owners pointed out that “the relevant ministerial institutions have not responded properly with professionals,” given that “the crisis began with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, but the dilemma of weak purchasing power overflowed the cup of the socio-economic crisis.”
“Ramadan used to be an opportunity to renovate cafes and restaurants, but this has become completely impossible due to the accumulated financial losses,” adds Al-Harraq, who concluded that “this situation has led to a reduction in employment opportunities for young people.”