The Italian government is calling on foreign holidaymakers to book stays in the seaside resorts in the storm-ravaged region of Emilia Romagna. “The coastal towns have not suffered serious damage. We cannot afford to cancel, because this region lives from agriculture and tourism,” said Tourism Minister Daniela Santanchè.
The minister announced a promotional campaign for Emilia-Romagna in key markets such as Austria, Germany, France and Switzerland.
“Ready to receive holidaymakers”
“We need to make it clear to people that Emilia Romagna is ready to welcome holidaymakers. It is by no means true that this region is under water as a holiday area,” said the minister.
Italy wants to apply for access to the EU Solidarity Fund
The Italian government wants to apply for access to the EU Solidarity Fund to support the flooded areas. Several EU countries have pledged their assistance under the so-called EU civil protection procedure.
Austria supplies pumping equipment
Austria, Germany, France, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania, Poland and Bulgaria supplied pumping equipment. Last week’s violent storms killed 15 people and brought about 25,000 to safety.
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