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Italy bans Christmas markets over COVID-19 fears

Italy bans Christmas markets over COVID-19 fears
Italy bans Christmas markets over COVID-19 fears

Among the new rules in the latest Italian Government Decree of November 3, 2020, the one that divided Italy into red, orange and yellow areas, there is an explicit ban on the opening and holding of Christmas markets – one of the long established Christmas celebration traditions, a source of business and enjoyment for children.

These events, carried out outside the ordinary commercial activity in spaces dedicated to stationary or occasional market activity, fall under the trade fares category, therefore prohibited. This provision applies to the entire Italian territory.

The added restriction deprives tour operators and travel agencies of another leading product and a significant segment in the annual planning of organized tourism.

According to the Confesercenti statistic data, more than 560  Christmas markets set up in Italy, in recent years have attracted an average of 13 million visitors produced a gross turnover of over 780 million euros, and involved the activity of 28 thousand exhibitors, mainly street vendors, artisans and travel agents.

Also,  significant financial gains were generated in the various locations that hosted these typical pre-Christmas shopping markets, as well as provided the entertainment the children.

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Mario Masciullo - eTN Italy

Mario is a veteran in the travel industry.
His experience extends worldwide since 1960 when at the age of 21 he started exploring Japan, Hong Kong, and Thailand.
Mario has seen the World Tourism develop up to date and witnessed the
destruction of the root/testimony of the past of a good number of countries in favor of modernity/progress.
During the last 20 years Mario's travel experience has concentrated in South East Asia and of late included the Indian Sub Continent.

Part of Mario's work experience includes multi activities in the Civil Aviation
field concluded after organizing the kik off of for Malaysia Singapore Airlines in Italy as an Institutor and continued for 16 years in the role of Sales /Marketing Manager Italy for Singapore Airlines after the split of the two governments in October 1972.

Mario's official Journalist license is by the "National Order of Journalists Rome, Italy in 1977.