This Summer, holidays in Sicily could be just a tad easier on the wallet than we expect. The region’s council is offering discounts and offers to attract more tourists to the island, after two months of lockdown and weeks of travel limitations have profoundly affected tourism.
Negative repercussions on tourism, in fact, are recorded all over the country: in March, profits decreased of 95%, with experts predicting a total loss for the year 2020 of around 22 billion USD. This is truly dramatic for a country where the tourist industry has been dubbed il petrolio d’Italia, Italy’s own oil, as written by Marzio Bartoloni of Il Sole 24 Ore.
Regione Sicilia will promote holidays in Sicily investing around 82 million USD in tourism, with a focus on accommodation, heritage and artistic patrimony. Regional director for tourism Manlio Messina presented plans to offer free nights (one for a three-day trip and two for a week-long stay) to travelers, as well as discounts and vouchers for cultural activities.
Sicily is one of people’s favorited Italian destinations, thanks to its fantastic mix of natural beauty, culture and great food. It has also been one of the least affected areas by Covid-19, with 3.447 cases in total, as of the 4th of June, and no infections recorded for the past few days.
At the very beginning of the emergency, the region implemented a strict protocol of border control, as directed by Governor Nello Musumeci.
The Sicilian project is part of the wider nationwide wish to return to normality and welcome travelers and visitors from all over the world to our shores again. It isn’t however, a simple tasks, in these times, as noted by Dario Franceschini, Italian minister for tourism, who declared to The Guardian: “You have to adopt the right balance between safeguarding health and restarting economic and social life. It must be done with the utmost care. We’re moving one step at a time.”
In the meanwhile, we are all hoping to know more about the advantages we may get if we decided to take our holidays in Sicily this year. Italy opened its borders to EU and Schengen countries on the 3rd of June, while there is still no stable date for the opening to other countries, including the US.