The inevitable cancellation and postponement of conferences and events amid the coronavirus crisis has pushed Italy’s catering sector, with over two thousand companies, 100 thousand employees and an estimated 2.2 billion turnover, to appeal to the government for help.
With the majority of events postponed to 2021, the National Banqueting and Catering Association (ANBC) and the main trade unions for tourism workers Filcams Cgil, Fisascat Cisl and Uiltucs Uil say they have been forced to request the government for a “state of crisis” for the sector.
“Our world lives on events, corporate events, conferences and congresses, ceremonies, weddings, awards, fairs,” said Paolo Capurro, president of ANBC, “All realities that have been canceled and, in the best of cases, rescheduled for 2021. The turnover of our companies is almost zero and, even in the hypothesis that the pandemic ends soon, a recovery is not foreseeable in the short term as our work it is based on activities that have all been postponed en masse to 2021.”
ANBC along with trade unions have asked for support for workers’ income in the form of an extension of the Wage Integration Fund, and tax interventions.