Italians’ trips abroad registered a 92% drop in 2021, while business travel lost three quarters of its turnover, and the events sector lost 80% of its turnover. activity. Inbound traffic has also collapsed, the presence of foreigners has fallen by 54%, while school tourism has stalled.
The organized tourism sector is the only one that has come to a standstill throughout the pandemic: a sector of the Italian economy that billed 13.3 billion in 2019, has collapsed to around 3 billion in 2020 and will close 2021 even worse, probably around 2.5 billion in turnover, with a drop of over 80%.
“They (the government) have to get us back to work: tourism is not a whim.”
Pier Ezhaya, president of ASTOI, added: “We ask the ministers (of tourism) Garavaglia, (of the economy) Franco, (of labor and social activities) Orlando and (of health) Speranza, to listen to our demands.
âOur businesses are failing. No one in Italy is aware of the gravity of the crisis facing tour operators and travel agents. From February 2020 to December 2021 we lost 21 billion in turnover out of 26 billion. We are collapsing. We urgently need constant relief from losses and concrete action. The government must take responsibility for securing organized tourism or letting it die. “
All the associations agree in saying that it is necessary to immediately implement very urgent needs, also using the vehicle of the 2022 finance law and ask that the refinancing of the fund for tour operators and travel agencies for 2021, be ‘at least 500 million; the extension of the dismissal fund for the tourism sector until June 2022 so that companies in the sector that are still inactive can use it to support their employees; the extension of the rental tax credit, which extends the tax credit on commercial leases and business leases and transfers until June 30, 2022.
More importantly, the lifting of the travel ban for tourism and an increased use of effective security protocols are needed in order to reward travelers with immunity, or to open up the many tourist corridors. In addition, a bridging loan of at least 24 months at zero rate must be created to allow companies to exchange bonds which will soon expire. Businesses have run out of cash.
Franco Gatinoni, President of the OFL, points to the help: âTo date, we have not had enough support for more than 18 months of inactivity by decree. Organized tourism is a sector doomed to collapse if urgent action is not taken.
Ivana Jelinic, president of FIAVET Confcommercio, looks away and warns: âInternational multinationals are taking advantage of our uncertainty to get their hands on Italian tourism, and groups are buying big businesses at low prices and pushing small ones to close. We risk witnessing a desertification of companies. If the state ignores this emergency, there is a risk of selling off the finest industry we have to those who can afford to run it.
According to Enrica Montanucci, national president of Maavi Conflavoro Pmi: âThe Ministry of the Economy needs to immediately set up a 24-month bridging loan to allow businesses to survive. It’s no mystery that our businesses are cash-strapped. Banks are pushing. And we include the risks of layoffs – [this is] a social bomb to which we must respond “,
Domenico Pellegrino, president of Aidit Federturismo de Confindustria, calculates: âVery low international mobility costs Italy around 100 billion euros in 2020, two thirds of which are due to the fall in tourism spending in Italy and one third with the lowest tourist added value. . The 2021 closures are expected to be even worse. “
Gianni Rebecchi, president of Assoviaggi, emphasizes instead the problem of work: âAmong the tragedies of possible unemployment in the sector, an important fact also emerges: 60,000 women could lose their jobs. Without immediate government intervention, the story of an entire sector that has consistently contributed to our country’s economy for the past 50 years comes to an end.