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Rete Destinazione Italia: 2023 will be the Year of Return Tourism

Thursday, 28 July 2022 10:36

Next year will be 2023 Year of Return Tourism. Discovering the origins, the first part of the five-year plan 2023-2028 Return to Italy, a project from Rete Destinazione Sud. Established in 2014, this is a network of tour operators, travel agencies, hospitality operators, consultancy and information technology companies, restaurateurs, transport companies, business networks and consortia in the South of Italy, that also includes a growing number of local members at municipal, provincial and regional level.  

Many Italians living abroad wish to relocate

"This is an well-structured project that hinges on the desire of many Italians living abroad to return to our country -  explains the network's president, Michelangelo Lurgi.- This goes from the so-called return tourism which is the inspiration for next year’s project, to definitive relocations with a view perhaps to repopulating small towns and  villages, as well as investments, joint ventures, import-export operations and acquisitions of real estate, including hotels.” 

Some 700 municipalities are already involved

“These are all opportunities for which our network, in close collaboration with local institutions, is able to provide detailed and precise information, as well as valuable contacts for the realization of each individual operation. This is possible thanks to the network we have created, not only in Italy where we collaborate with about 700 municipalities, including some of the most beautiful towns in Italy, but also abroad. Starting from South America where we are carrying out a series of international missions to present our project in countries where there is the strongest presence of people with Italian roots.”

A listed candidate for a EU pilot project

The project is well underway as was recently illustrated to both the Italian House of Deputies and the European Parliament. “Given its broad scope, which is extendable to other realities in Europe,- Lurgi continues - we have been listed among the candidates to become an EU pilot project. And of course it all fits with the push towards sustainability and the valorization of renewable energy sources.”

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The next important step will be the presentation of the proprietary platform 2023 Year of Return Tourism, at TTG in Rimini. “We will be present in the regional pavilions to illustrate the section on the destinations involved. At the moment we already have six participating regions, Calabria, Molise, Abruzzo, Marche, Campania and Lazio, but we count on adding others soon.”

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