Tourism, Confcommercio's alarm: "Few reservations for Ferragosto"


"The aftermath of the crisis, but also a tourism strategy that is still poorly organized and above all the reopening of the Mediterranean holiday destinations, which has not yet been fully recorded on the tourist structures of the city of the Temples".

From a study carried out by Confcommercio / Federalebrghi Agrigento, the percentage of rooms sold for the most important night of the summer, (August 14th) on the major online sales sites, now stands at 78%, far from the averages of the most important competing Sicilian destinations. Syracuse today has 93% of the rooms sold, Trapani 93%, San Vito Lo Capo, Cefalù and Taormina respectively 99, 93 and 92% of beds sold.

The balance is negative also in relation to other destinations in the province; Sciacca reaches 95%, Menfi 98%, but we are also below destinations such as Licata (95%) and Realmonte (93% of beds sold).

"We believe the time has come to think together, how to make our city take off in terms of tourism, increasing both the quality and quantity of the city offer," said Francesco Picarella, president of Confcommercio / Federalberghi Agrigento – The Valley of the Temples is his organization represent the flagship, but the city fails to shake off the difficulties of a tourist strategy far from being organized and productive. Despite the always contrary to the introduction of the tourist tax, we wanted to give confidence to the administration so that this income could be invested, in strategic actions of enhancement of the city but still today, in addition to the redevelopment of via cesare battisti (still unrealized today ), the 120,000 euros entrusted to the Park for the celebrations of the 2600 in the city, little else was spent ".

Picarella adds: "More than 1,000,000 euros remain in the case, which should be used for this purpose, trying to create a top-level tourist destination. In this, tour operators, mainly those present within the tourism council, have always shown maximum cooperation. Unfortunately, after a first phase of involvement, for over 7 months the new consultation – requested by the municipal council – was formally established but never met. "

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