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Fiavet Confcommercio. Jelinic: “We expected much more from the support decree” 

By Wednesday, 26 January 2022 10:31

"As important a sector as tourism expected much more from the support decree that has just been issued,” said Ivana Jelinic, president of Fiavet Confcommercio,  the Federation of Travel Agents of the Italian General Confederation of Enterprises, commenting on the new state aid allocation promised to the industry.  

“Since late 2021 some 2,500 travel agencies have closed”

“The redundancy fund discounted until March is insufficient, both for the brevity of the period and for the measure itself. And, it is not enough that it exempts the payment of the additional contribution with tourism practically at a standstill.  We are talking about 9% of 4% of the €80 million allocated that we will have to share with hotels, restaurants and catering. Since late 2021 some 2,500 travel agencies, out of the 13,000 in Italy, had to close. Without further aid I do not know what is going to happen."

“We are at the end of our tether” 

"The same goes for the increase of the Single National Tourism Fund; it is just not enough, and the calls for tenders and delivery times are not clear. We are at the end of our tether. Hopefully things will return to normal from April, but I think this is a very optimistic view, and limiting the measures to three months does not allow us to plan our survival. Uncertainty is the worst of all evils for any business, and with this pandemic we have had to pay a bitter price.”

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