Italy is “ready and prepared” to welcome back European tourists from 3 June onwards, foreign minister Luigi Di Maio told counterparts from various EU countries during a summit on tourist flows on 18 May, reports Rai News.
Di Maio said it was “unacceptable” that there should be blacklists among European countries, warning: “If we do not change direction, there will be serious economic repercussions on the tourism sectors of all countries, not just Italy.”
The foreign ministers reached an agreement that there should be no “bilateral agreements” or “tourism pacts” between EU nations, a proposal ruled out categorically by Italian premier Giuseppe Conte in recent days.
Di Maio stated (in Italian): “We must restart the country and guarantee safety to Italians. This is why it is essential that in the summer Italy has the possibility to welcome tourists. We are working on a safe and concrete tourism plan.”