Holiday bonus, chronicle of an announced failure. The measure devised by the government to revive tourism, hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, did not work as well as yellow and red they thought and hoped. Against a total allocation of 2.4 billion euros, the instrument – 500 euros to families with Isee not exceeding 40 thousand euros – was requested by about one and a half million households, for a total amount of 615 million. euro, however paid only in part.
After damage, now is likely to arrive there mockery, given that the executive – with an amendment first signed by Senator Pd Franco Mirabelli – wants to allow the holiday bonus to be exploited in the payment also through the aid, intervention or intermediation of subjects who manage platforms or telematic portals. Which in fact would translate into a nice gift to all the so-called OTA (Online Agency Travel) that already dominate the tourist reservations.
He thought about reporting the short circuit Riccardo Zucconi, deputy of the Brothers of Italy. Reached by telephone by ilGiornale.it, the exponent of Giorgia Meloni’s party, explains to us: “There are about two billion euros that by 31 December 2020 – when the bonus expires – will not be able to be given: this means that the mechanism of the holiday bonus did not work. For this reason, then, we asked that these two billion be invested in the tourism supply chain for concrete direct aid to companies and hospitality businesses. According to the latest data from Federalberghi, one million and thirty thousand places are at risk of work…”.
A request unheard by the Conte-bis, given that the Democratic party has other ideas in mind. “Now the Democratic Party aims to make a contribution of 400 million to Online Travel Agencies through commissions on online bookings; currently about 80% of travel and holiday bookings take place on OTA platforms, and these take commissions from 15% to 24 % of the total … “, continues the Melonian. In short, almost 20% – on average – goes to the coffers of the (foreign) giants of world travel. With all due respect to companies and entrepreneurs and the tourism sector, horned and beaten. “In this way the holiday bonus, designed to help Italian tourism, benefits foreign Online Travel Agencies: congratulations …”, Zucconi points out bitterly.
The group leader FdI in the Productive Activities, Tourism and Commerce Commission, ultimately, he also criticized the government’s decision to expire the holiday bonus on December 31st: “Six months in duration is really too little: the bonus, managed differently – preferring direct contact between accommodation facility and tourist, by cutting out OTA intermediaries -, it should take at least three years to be effective. Otherwise it is completely useless … “.