Few tourists, hotels still a long way from full occupancy of beds and purchases reduced to the bone. Even on the day of the Immaculate Conception, the capital does not take off on the tourism and shopping front. And, to complicate the situation, the fear of Covid returns. “Unfortunately we cannot speak of a real Immaculate Conception holiday, since the feast day happened in the middle of the week. And this is reflected in the attendance at the hotel – explains the president of Federalberghi Rome, Giuseppe Roscioli -. If the numbers are increasing compared to 2020 (but when 50% of the hotels were closed), compared to 2019 we count 50% fewer rooms booked. The rise in infections in December stopped the flow of tourists: therefore, to understand the trend of Christmas, we have to wait. We will certainly not see many foreigners, while we can hope for the arrival of the youngest for the New Year ».
It is no better on the shopping front, especially in the historic shops of the Center. «We are registering timid signs of recovery. But online purchases weigh heavily on our accounts, growing strongly following the two years of the pandemic: our research showed that 65% of Romans intend to buy Christmas gifts through e-commerce platforms. 25% will be clothing items – says Massimo Bertoni, president of Federmoda Rome – The historic center is suffering a lot, a national institutional campaign is needed to protect the historic shops and neighborhood shops, otherwise the future will be a desertified city “.
Finally, the problem of the Ztl: “The historic center is suffering strong discrimination compared to the rest of the city: despite our requests, the Gualtieri junta has decided to leave the Ztl active also on Saturdays and Sundays for holidays, so the Romans will they will pour between Prati and Parioli to go shopping, while the streets of the center are deserted – Bertoni further observes – In the center about 3 thousand shops have closed. The negative symbol is via Nazionale, where 50% of the shops have their shutters down ».
Last updated: Thursday 9 December 2021, 08:23
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