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Italy’s Tourism Minister plans new casino developments
Posted on Monday, October 26th, 2009. Source: British Airways Industry News
Italy could become home to a new run of luxury casinos if Tourism Minister Vittoria Brambilla’s plans are successful.
Ms Brambilla has put forward a 19-point plan to boost tourism in Italy, which includes the opening of 10 to 15 luxury casinos. Reuters reports that the casinos would be located in five-star hotels.
The plan hopes to bring more visitors to Italy and to increase tourism in the less-developed South, as well as aiming to reopen casinos in San Pellegrino, near the northern city of Bergamo and in the Sicilian city of Taormina. The opening of a variety of new hotels in Italy in time for summer this year also aimed at increasing the number of visitors to the country.
The plan is currently awaiting full government approval and a spokeswoman commented that it was unlikely to be finalised at today’s cabinet meeting.
According to Reuters, Ms Brambilla said: “The aim is to develop (the sector) and put the south in the same condition as the north, where there are already four casinos. The minister supports a policy of tourism to reactivate the south.
“The idea is to put casinos in five-star hotels. But the text of the proposal is still under examination.”
Reports of early Alpine snowfall earlier this week also indicated a potential boost in the tourism industry for Italy this year. The early arrival of snow made way for conditions perfect for skiing, which led to a strengthening of booking figures for Alpine locations.