Alfano says tourism essential for employment

Foreign minister presents strategic plan 2017-2022

20 June, 15:34

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, JUNE 20 - Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano, speaking Tuesday at Farnesina Palace to present the Foreign Ministry's 2017-2022 strategic tourism plan titled "Italy, Country for Travellers", said "the growth of tourism has played an essential role on GDP growth" and tourism is the reason Italy "came out of the greatest and longest economic crisis it's ever had".

    Alfano said tourism makes up 12% of GDP and 13% of employment.

    He said economic diplomacy is just as important as political diplomacy, and "Italy isn't a military superpower" but "it is a superpower of beauty".(ANSAmed).

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