Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Two-thirds of Italians to give up summer holiday

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Rome, June 10 - Some two-thirds of Italians will
be giving up the traditional summer holiday as the country's
longest recession in 20 years drags on, consumer association
Federconsumatori said on Monday.
According to the association's report only 32%, or 19.2
million Italians, will take off for a week or more.
The same crisis that is causing Italians to cut back on
vacation time has people looking more towards low-cost options
like house swaps, low-season holidays and staying with friends
or family to save hotel expenses.
Prices that have remained at previous year's levels are not
enough to help raise tourism figures, the report said.
"A sector as vital as tourism is an opportunity for an
economic turnaround," the report said.
"That is why it is urgent to kick off an economic revival
with targeted actions, to strengthen the purchasing power of
families by not raising the VAT and to resume investments in
modernization and improvement of quality standards in the
tourism sector," the report said.
The country's VAT is set to rise in July by one percent,
however Premier Enrico Letta's government has said they will try
to avoid raising the tax.

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