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Italy’s tourism industry calls for more state aid

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Italy’s tourism industry has asked the country’s government to provide additional financial assistance as the country is experiencing dire tourism figures in 2021.

Compared to more than 100 million tourists who visited the country in 2019, only 60 million visited the country this year.

Reacting to falling tourist numbers, the president of the Italian General Confederation of Business, Professions and Self-Employment (Association Confcommercio) added that it was unthinkable for an Italian economy to function without the tourism sector.

“The government must support the tourism industry by adopting measures on social safety nets, without increasing the cost for businesses, and access to credit, but also tax measures,” said the president of the Confcommercio association. .

The Omicron variant and the new travel restrictions have undoubtedly caused such numbers and led to cancellations. Of the 25 million departures planned by the Italians just a few months ago, 5 million have already been canceled and 5.3 million departures have been modified by reducing the number of holidays or choosing a closer destination.

As cases continue to rise in parts of northern Italy, stricter measures could be introduced, leaving more uncertainty for the tourism sector.

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