Italy will create a database against illegal tourist activities

The Italian tourist season has been successful, as the expectations shared by the ministry’s research offices and other authorities have already exceeded those of 2021.

However, the lack of guidelines for online tourism has become a problem. During a meeting with the body, the latter undertook to respect the measures put in place by the ministry regarding the system of the short-term rental sector, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

“By October, we will have the database of the non-hotel offer. This will be the main tool against the illegal phenomenon. Those who offer hosting solutions that are not in good standing are in unfair competition with those who are in good standing”, Italian Tourism Minister Massimo Garavaglia said.

He also pointed out that the problem cannot be solved with random solutions and that the country needs certain rules to be imposed at the national level.

During the meeting, Garavaglia recalled that the ministry promotes and supports the agenda approved by the aid decree, which invites the government to collaborate with the regions to define measures to be applied to the whole country.

Before the pandemic hit the world, Italy’s tourism industry was worth 13% of the country’s GDP, or almost €240 billion, and employed 15% of the workforce while also generating €44 billion. euros for the Italian trade balance and marked a production value of 190 billion euros.

The pandemic, for this sector, has produced effects similar to war, with national GDP falling by 8.8% in 2020 and tourism by 40%.

At the same time, just like the rest of Europe, Italy is facing an increase in energy prices, which the government says must intervene immediately with measures to reduce the effects on costs.

“Energy has reached levels that are jeopardizing business results. I hope there will be a Council of Ministers this week capable of adopting rapid solutions. For these reasons, the desirable solution would be a tax credit for tourism, thermal enterprises and catering calculated on the increase in costs from September 2021 to September 2022.” said Garavaglia.

Germany is also introducing serious measures to save the country’s energy. Specifically, from September, public buildings and monuments are no longer allowed to be lit at night, and neither are billboards.

Public buildings are only allowed to be heated up to 19 degrees, while hot water for washing hands will be cut off. In addition, private gas-heated pools will need to stay cold.

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