Italy’s hotels in crisis as only 40% reopened despite easing travel restrictions


ALTHOUGH Italy has lifted restrictions on travel between regions and some EU states, 60 per cent of hotels in the country are yet to reopen.

Bernabò Bocca, president of Italy’s hoteliers’ association Federalberghi, warned that “the job loss will affect around 118,000 people.

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“The spring season of 2020 has gone up in smoke,” said Bocca, “and summer is also at risk.”

Federalberghi has called for urgent intervention to save businesses and jobs, as only 40 per cent of Italian hotels have reopened.

Already, 26.8 per cent of hotels have decided to remain closed during June and only 78.9 per cent hope to reopen in August, despite this traditionally being the most popular holiday month in Italy.


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