Immediately! Another 500 million in support is needed. And then there’s the voucher bomb

There is the “S” of supports, but also the “U” of urgency, followed by the “B” of battle and then by the “I” of internationalization, as well as by the “T” of tourism and the “O” of organized. There are all the protagonists of the organized travel industry in the acronym Subito. And I am on the stage of the Ttg of Rimini to ask the government with firmness, and with a pinch of imagination, the due attention.

“Ours is the sector that has suffered the greatest damage from the pandemic. The overall contribution of the sector to the national GDP has collapsed from over 13.4 billion euros in 2019 to 3 billion in 2020 and is set to fall again to 2.5 billion this year – affirms in particular the president of Assoviaggi, Gianni Rebecchi -. Yet, if we look at 2020, the support put in place by the government was around 600 million euros, some of which are still waiting. And for 2021 to date, just 32 million have been added. At least another 500 million are needed ”.

But it is not just a question of support: “Our federations – continues Rebecchi – have signed a document together with Cgil, Cisl and Uil to ask for extension until June 2022 of the social safety nets, of which the reform is being discussed in these days. It is not possible that the so-called Covid fund for many has translated into lower contributions than those provided for by the citizenship income. We also need more tax incentives, investment offsets and concessions similar to those introduced until July 2021, such as tax credits on rentals and technology investments. And then there is the theme of moratorium on bank debts (debts that increased significantly in 2020), destined to end at the end of the year. Without an extension it becomes difficult for many to think of returning to pay what has been agreed. Not to mention that the bank rating will deteriorate to the point of making it almost impossible in the future to resort to further finance ”.

We needed timely interventions that never arrived or that when they did were delayed and limited: “We ran into a complex and cumbersome bureaucracy, with complicated and difficult procedures and above all not compatible with the emergency phase we are experiencing “, adds the president of Fiavet, Ivana Jelinic. So, if the battle has to be, “we will be ready – adds President Maavi, Enrica Montanucci -. We do not belong to the world of those who break into the headquarters of the CGIL. We are not used to raising the tone, we are courteous people. But I wouldn’t want all of this to be mistaken for weakness ”.

And then there is the age-old question of the image of who goes outgoing. As if the tourism industry could be divided into “good” actors, those who bring foreigners to our country, and “bad” actors, those who send Italians abroad. A sort of eighteenth-century mercantilism vision applied to today’s global world. “Anyone who barely chews on the economy, however, knows very well that there is no export without import – underlines President Aidit, Domenico Pellegrino -. Of course, the corridors have arrived. But they are small, tight, late, burdensome to bear. Without counting the time bomb voucher: there is talk of 500 million euros that should soon leave our companies. Who will give them to us? Where will we go to get them? ”.

“We can no longer think of being special in a Europe that we use only when it suits us – adds the president of Fto, Franco Gattinoni -. We have to travel. We need to go beyond the corridors. I hope that soon we will be able to move in a simple way: green pass, as well as a buffer on the outward and return journeys… Maybe, of course, with some countries on the black list for the most risky situations. Too many operators rely on their core business on completely inaccessible destinations “.

Time is really up. “Today, going on stage with these T-shirts, we exposed ourselves to ridicule – concludes the president Astoi, Pier Ezhaya -. We did it because we got to fruit, or rather to the coffee killer. Our initiative should therefore be read in another way: if so many entrepreneurs, managers and trained professionals come to do this, perhaps it is precisely because we do not see alternatives ”. And enough of the clichés about outgoing, Ezhaya always reiterates: “Last April we were the subject of a devastating campaign against overseas holidays. However, someone forgets that those who send customers abroad do so through Italian companies, which pay Italian taxes and hire Italian staff. While no one (rightly) finds it reprehensible that the tourists who have remained in our country may have reached their destination driving German cars and wearing American sneakers… ”.