The number of ‘blue flag beaches’ or resorts with great water and facilities rose to 183 this year from 175 last year, the Danish-based Foundation for Environmental Education announced.
Liguria led the way with three new entries for a total of 30, followed by Tuscany with 19, Campania with 18, Marche with 15, Sardinia with 14, Puglia with 13, Calabria with 11, Abruzzo with 10, Lazio with nine and Veneto with eight.
The Italian region Liguria decision, backed by the centre right and opposed by the centre left, the 5-Star Movement and left-wing parties, excludes hotels and hostels that hosted migrants under the SPRAR system from getting funding for tourist revamps.
Subsequently Liguria stops funding hotels that hosted migrants over the past three years, according to a League decision approved by the regional council in Genoa.
The rule was approved by 16 votes to 11.
An average price for accommodation in Liguria amounts to €50 a day, imposing on local community to cover costs of €1500 a month per person per each migrant.
The main reasons to visit Liguria is natural beauty (51.4% of Italian and foreign tourists), cultural heritage (45.3%), followed by food and wine interests (21.6%). For foreigners in particular there is a strong desire to visit unfamiliar places (29.1%). Foreign tourists also tend to pay attention to the quality/price ratio (29.5%). For Italians the main motivations are easy accessibility of the destination (47.5%) and proximity (36.3%)
The average per capita expenditure for accommodation is €52 euros per day for Italians. €49 euros is the expenditure for foreigners. Both are almost the same as the regional average €50.
Venice Governor Luca Zaia reports billion euro damages the storms and floods have caused to one of the most famous touristic sites in the world.
The similar problems accrued in Liguria region, where hundreds of yachts were smashed into pieces at Rapallo marina harbor. However today the majority of museums reopened.
A several times during winter strong winds move water from the Adriatic Sea into the Venetian Lagoon, causing high tides and minor but widespread flooding across the historic site, however this time the water levels were extraordinary high.
So far half a million euro was dispatched as relief fund in Tuscany.
The experts of the Ministry of culture started to assess the presumed damage to the mosaic 12th century flooring of St Mark’s Basilica in Venice, submerged by an unusually high ‘acqua alta’ – the floods were the most damaging in a decade.