Tourist season in Italy to start in early June

Having in mind that the summer season is just around the corner and Italy’s tourism represents 13% of its national GDP, this summer is essential to economic survival.

Their plan is to follow the example of Greece and to immunize a number of holiday destinations from Covid-19, starting from its smaller islands.

The first region to start with this plan is Campania (Procida, Capri and Ischia) – the mass vaccination of the local population is being put into place, but the plan is to extend this plan nationally.

Francesco Forgione, mayor of the Egadi archipelago (comprising the islands of Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo) commented for “I think we need both courage and foresight. Italy should behave like Greece, and Sicily should take action.” Forgione was also the first mayor to write a letter to national vaccination strategy chief Francesco Figliuolo, asking him to give small islands priority in the vaccination campaign. “Here, Federalberghi [the national hotels’ association] asked for tourism workers to be the first to get the vaccine. But on small islands there is no distinction between tourism workers and the rest of the population. This applies to the Egadi islands, but also to the Aeolian Islands, Pantelleria, Lampedusa, Linosa, and Ustica. I believe that all of Italy’s small islands share this belief,” he added.

If Italy succeeds with its plan, they might launch the tourist season in early June, according to their minister of Tourism, Massimo Garavaglia.


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