Stangata-Covid on holidays: risk of increases of up to 20% between beach and restaurant

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The Codacons, assuming a scenario in which in August the umbrellas will be spaced on the beach and there will be limits to attendance at restaurants and other public places, estimates that a 10-day holiday will cost between 18% and 20% more overall compared to last year.

by Andrea Gagliardi

Holiday bonus is not convincing, for businesses it is not enough

The Codacons, assuming a scenario in which in August the umbrellas will be spaced on the beach and there will be limits to attendance at restaurants and other public places, estimates that a 10-day holiday will cost between 18% and 20% more overall compared to last year.

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Summer is approaching. Not everyone will go on vacation. According to an investigation
of Facile.it, mUp research and Norstat over half of Italians
this summer he will not go on vacation and 90.2% of those who travel will do so within national borders. Those who can afford a summer at the seaside or in the mountains and are not lucky enough to own a second home, however, risk having to deal with higher costs to bear. Respect for social distancing and sanitation and safety rules will lead to generalized price increases.

Increases between 18% and 20% more than last year
It is what the Codacons. The consumer protection association believes that deckchairs, sunbeds, umbrellas, car parks, food, drinks and all the services offered by the bathing establishments will cost more than in previous years making summer 2020 the “saltiest” ever for pockets of Italian citizens. Assuming a scenario where in August the planes will be able to leave with a limited number of passengers to ensure the minimum distances on board, the umbrellas will be spaced on the beach and there will be limits to attendance at restaurants and other public places, a 10-day holiday would arrive to cost between 18% and 20% more than last year. All this including the holiday bonus (the state contribution of 500 euros for families of 3 or more subjects, 300 for families of two and 150 for mononuclear families for those staying in Italy in hotels, campsites, villages, bed & breakfast).

«Increases also for transport and catering»
“Apart from the fact that those who book through online platforms are excluded from the bonus, and they are the majority of customers, the bonus – explain from Codacons – is more than offset by the 8% price increases that we estimate in the accommodation facilities. Added to this is an estimated + 9% in restaurants, + 15% of air transport and + 12% of ferries and ships. Not to mention that we know with absolute certainty that the bathing establishments will increase prices ». The reasons explained them the president of the Codacons Carlo Rienzi: «The places on the beach must respect the minimum distances, the establishments will be able to count on fewer umbrellas, deckchairs and sunbeds to be placed in the shoreline, with reduced daily presences compared to the previous years consequent lower earnings ».

National consumer union: price increase risk of 10%
The fear of increases for the next holidays is also reported by the National Consumer Union. “The risk – says President Massimiliano Dona – is that the higher management costs linked to Covid, such as the sanitation costs, the lost earnings during the lockdown and the lower revenues due to social distancing, will be transferred to future customers. It would be a mistake, considering that families are also going through a difficult time and that, therefore, they should be encouraged to spend with discounts, certainly not with price increases, however justified.
If this unfortunately happens, the average daily expenditure per capita for a holiday spent in Italy, in accommodation establishments (hotel and non-hotel), for the quarter of July September, we estimate it can go from 74 to 81 euros, with an increase of 7 euros per day and a percentage increase of about 9.5%. The average daily expenditure per capita for a holiday spent in hotel accommodation, for the quarter of July September, we estimate may go from 97 to 107 euros, with a rise of 10 euros per day and a percentage increase of 10.3%.

Sib Confcommercio: prices unchanged only with a tax reduction
The increases are also considered inevitable by professionals. “The line is not to increase prices but you have to be realistic” declares Antonio Capacchione, president of the BIB (Italian seaside trade union) Confcommercio, who explains: “We have to deal on the one hand with an absent international demand and an internal demand that it will halve at best; and on the other with collections that drop vertically due to the reduced number of places on the beach and the higher sanitation and personnel costs. Added to this are unaltered costs in terms of state fees, VAT and local taxes. For this reason, without a tax reduction, price increases will be inevitable ». Even if they will be a leopard spot. “Where there are deep beaches like on the Romagna Riviera and in the Veneto – Capacchione concludes – there will be no significant reduction in the positions and the rates should not increase. Different discourse in Liguria where the drop in turnover is expected to be heavy ».



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