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Christmas travel in the balance. And travel returns to the streets –

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08 November


by Roberta Rianna
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And here we go again with the refrain of Christmas with yours. To recite it is the usual Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, now widely accused of hypochondria. “Winter is the most insidious season because it is more indoors, so my invitation is to be totally cautious, to wear masks and respect the distance,” he said at a press conference on Friday. And to the question “Who is planning trips abroad can peacefully buy the ticket?”, He replied sharply, albeit ironic: «I am on vacation in Italy».

A joke, let’s call it that, that lashes the travel industry like a cold shower, just refreshed by the opening of the first tourist corridors with foreign countries (here the official Faq, also published on Friday). Corridors, set up by Speranza himself, of which the Minister of Tourism Massimo Garavaglia – most recently at the Italian Cruise Day in Savona – he had announced the extension, until the return to “almost normalcy between the end of the year and the beginning of 2022”.

Two steps forward, one step back. It is the pace that the government seems to be holding at this stage resumption of travel. The watchword is “prudence” and, although it is not time to impose new restrictions and Christmas could be similar to that for Covid“Throughout Europe the situation is serious, the wave of the virus is still high”, warns Speranza.

If Italy is better off than in Germany, France and Great Britain – underlines the minister – it is due to the “marvelous figure of 46 million and 716 thousand Italians who have done at least one dose”, but also to the government’s choice to “very gradually” loosen the restrictions. Elsewhere, however, the epidemiological curve is destined to grow further. An example? “There Romania with less than 20 million inhabitants and only 30% vaccinated, it causes 600 deaths a day. The proportionality is evident, the more a country goes up with vaccines, the more protected it is ».

Therefore, in view of an increase in cases also in Italy, the government accelerates on third dose (booster) and announces the immediate start, from December, of the vaccination of children between 5 and 11 years.

Meanwhile, organized tourism sells the salable with the plus – confirmed by the faq – ofbooking obligation with tour operators and adv trips to the destinations covered by corridors (Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Dominican Republic, Aruba, Sharm and Marsa Alam). Not much, if compared with other European countries where the freedom to travel is far greater.

EVENT IN VIEW OF ROME. For this reason, a new one is on the horizon street protest. “Maavi requested a comparison with other associations to organize the most important event ever seen – writes the president Enrica Montanucci on Facebook – And this time if we really manage to be all together, including tour operators, we would like to be able to put you in a position to come to Rome in the least expensive (if not free – possible way. Because we must be 5,000 angry people. Because it is indecent that after twenty months a minister would allow himself to recommend holidays in Italy, despite the tables in which our commercial desperation was revealed in every way. It is embarrassing that another minister, that of the sector, is silent and does not team up with us, letting everything go bogged down in the sea of ​​nothingness. It is embarrassing that other ministers, those of the Economy and that of the Mise, do not react to the continuous requests for attention and solutions “, writes the advocate who concludes with heartfelt” enough is enough “.
The new sit-in could be held by the end of November in Rome.

«CIG UNTIL MARCH, THANK YOU». Among the reactions to the “unhappy joke of Minister Speranza” that of the president of FTO, Franco Gattinoni: «Our compatriots have shown themselves to be very loyal and responsible, both with respect to the vaccination campaign and the extensive use of the green pass. Today, therefore, there is the possibility to travel safely also abroad; that is why we expect a gradual one from the government reopening of non-EU destinations and not statements that contribute to further depressing a segment of our economy that is most suffering. Phrases that also cause financial damage to the state, since they force the executive to prolong the regime of aid to businesses of organized tourism “.

Among the requests, in this sense, another 12 weeks of Cig until March 31 and the extension of rental tax credit until 31 December, with the possibility of sale extended to 30 June 2022.

“A glimmer of hope – concludes Gattinoni – comes from the USA that today reopen in our country: it is an important day, a sign of a return to normality that the institutions must know how to interpret and encourage. All the activities, in fact, are again in the presence and it is not clear why the Italians cannot regain the freedom to travel with all the protections that we are able to put in place ».

ASTOI ASKS FOR THE STATE OF CRISIS. Astoi also intervened on the subject, according to which the declarations of Hope “inflict a further, deep wound to the organized tourism sector and bring the country back 60 years.

“What is unacceptable – reads a note entrusted to social media – is the neglect of thousands of companies and workers. It is an offense that we can no longer tolerate. Here yes disrespect an entire industry which produces income, pays taxes and employs many Italian workers “.

For the association of toes headed by Confindustria, “thanks to the vaccination campaign, al green pass and all the measures that the various countries of the world are implementing, today we can live with the pandemic.
It is therefore not only necessary, but also ethically correct to try to restart sectors that have suffered more than any other, such as the sector of organized tourism and the aerial one, instead of continuing myopically to bury them and marginalize them “.

Perhaps, he writes the abbreviation led by Pier Ezhaya“It’s time to bring the books to the Minister of Economic Development Giorgetti and ask for it state of crisis. But a question arises: why are we vaccinated if we continue to lead the same life as before? Could you explain it to us Minister Speranza? ”.

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