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April 26, 2011

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Assomarinas criticized the proposal of abnormal increase in State fees provided by the region's financial Sicily

According to the association, is likely to scuttle the nautical tourism

In a letter addressed to the President of the Sicilian Region, Raffaele Lombardo, the president of Assomarinas (Association of Italian Marinas), Roberto Perocchio, showed that the abnormal increase of the feared State fees provided for by the region's financial Sicily, where it was also reported to concessions relating to moorings, to ports and marinas might not only represent a further and perhaps final, blow to the sector of nautical tourism and boating on the island, but also appears at odds with the policy that, on the other hand, in this moment of international crisis, the Region has put together to assist companies operating in the specific sector and the development of marinas.

"The whole industry - noted Perocchio - pay already in serious trouble because of international economic and financial crisis and the consequent tightening of tourist consumption.International sales were a record of shipyards -60% compared to 2007, the National Sailing Centre's 2010 report shows a -26% in the daily expenditure of each band of sailors from the previous year, while the national economic survey produced by Assomarinas in 2010 shows a decrease in fuel consumption by 30% and a decline in sales of ancillary services and nautical equipment by 15%. As for the housing market, the decrease of 20% recorded in 2010 at the national level was also reflected in the purchase investments of berths impacting heavily on the goodwill of the business start-ups without the tourist port, finally, count the cost promotion of all structures have must be increased to counter the negative image produced by the North African crisis. "

"It's easy to predict - said the president of the District of Production Pleasure boats in Sicily, Antonio Di Monte - that we will inevitably be a further depletion of serial entrepreneurship is due to a rethinking on the part of many business projects already made in respect of calls on whose terms have recently expired (and in many cases ready to be launched), whose economic plans will no longer be implemented in the light of the new State fees. "

"Because you do not speak only of adjustments of State fees ISTAT reference indices, which is already provided for by law and automatically operating, but the stratospheric increases (there are rumors of up to 75% more) - added Di Monte - the result can not that lead either to declare the economic unsustainability of the investment or an increase in rates of services offered, which will be permanently reversed the final customer, in spite of good intentions in the region (and the money spent on promotion) for the increase in tourism demand '.

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