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Parliamentary questions
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11 May 2020
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Giuseppe Ferrandino (S&D), Alessandra Moretti (S&D), Patrizia Toia (S&D), Brando Benifei (S&D), Simona Bonafè (S&D), Franco Roberti (S&D), Pina Picierno (S&D), Massimiliano Smeriglio (S&D), Elisabetta Gualmini (S&D), Paolo De Castro (S&D), Giuliano Pisapia (S&D), Irene Tinagli (S&D), Caterina Chinnici (S&D), Andrea Cozzolino (S&D)
 Subject: Crisis in the tourism sector

The emergency linked to the spread of COVID-19 is causing significant economic damage to the tourism industry. It has been estimated that in the two years from 2020 to 2021 the sector will lose between EUR 33 and 73 billion, particularly in Italy, where, considering that for every 100 euros of tourism-related transactions a further 86 euros are generated in related sectors, the crisis in the industry could have a domino effect.

A coordinated EU response should, on the one hand, ensure that people’s travel arrangements are either reimbursed or rescheduled, as provided for in law, and, on the other, ward off the liquidity crisis for stakeholders in the tourism sector.

In the light of the EU's competence in supporting, coordinating and complementing the action of Member States, can the Commission say whether:

1. it intends to include a budget chapter on tourism in the recovery plan and to support the recovery and maintenance of employment levels in order to avoid a crisis in tourism and related sectors;

2. it will promote the establishment of a European travel guarantee fund to ensure that the value of vouchers is covered;

3. it intends to introduce any exceptional measures to support businesses in the sector, such as hoteliers, tour operators and intermediary agencies, in order to meet consumer needs without exacerbating companies’ liquidity crisis; if so, what measures will it take?


Original language of question: IT
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