PM Draghi’s opening address at the press conference closing the G20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting
Tuesday, 4 May 2021
Good afternoon everybody.
Today’s Tourism Ministers' Meeting marks one of the first official appointments of Italy’s Presidency of the G20.
This is highly fitting and symbolic.
Few countries are as closely intertwined with tourism as Italy.
The world longs to travel here.
The pandemic has forced us to close down temporarily.
But Italy is ready to welcome back the world.
Our mountains, our beaches, our cities and our countryside are re-opening.
And this process will speed up in the coming weeks and months.
I have said before that our economies will be different after the pandemic.
Some sectors will shrink while others will expand.
I have no doubt that tourism in Italy will bounce back as strong as it was before.
Meanwhile, we will continue to offer substantial economic support to the sector, in a forthcoming decree and in Italy’s Recovery and Resilience Plan.
We must provide clear and simple rules to ensure that tourists can come to and travel within Italy safely.
As of the second half of June, a green pass will be fully operational within the EU.
It allows tourists to travel across countries without quarantine, so long as they can prove they have recovered from Covid-19, have been vaccinated or have tested negative recently.
As we prepare for the European certificate, the Italian government has introduced a national green pass that allows people to move across all regions, as of the second half of May.
I welcome the conclusion of the meeting that has taken place today.
The G20 Rome Guidelines for the Future of Tourism are a clear blueprint for the resumption of global tourism.
They emphasise the essential role that tourism plays in fostering the global recovery.
But they also affirm the need to make tourism more sustainable and inclusive in the future – to protect the environment and engage local communities.
I am grateful to all the participants in this G20 ministerial meeting, and in particular to Minister Garavaglia, for their important and fruitful work.
And to the OECD and the UNWTO for their role in preparing the accompanying reports.
So it’s time to book your holidays to Italy.
We look forward to welcoming you again.