Rome is getting ready to the “invasion” of tourists and pilgrims for the extraordinary Holy Year, which will start officially on December 8 and will close on November 20, 2016. According to the data released by Censis, in the capital 33 million people worldwide are expected, eight more than in the Jubilee of 2000 when 25 million admissions were recorded. The total expenditure planned is 8 billion euro, approximately 70% of visitors from abroad. “The extraordinary flow of tourists – the report says – will engage on the growing attractiveness of Rome, also made of a proliferation of visitors who stay one day without staying overnight.” A real opportunity to start the capital up again.
Officially, there are 167,000 sleeping accommodation. Out of these, 110,000 are in hotels (66%) and 57,000 in non-hotel accommodation (34%). Since 2000, the total number of sleeping accomodation increased by 67%, 41% more in hotels and especially a real boom (+ 164%) of lodging options as holiday homes and bed & breakfast, thanks to the ease of booking through the many specialized web platforms and at the most affordable prices.
The Lazio region for the occasion will invest in health 88 million euro that will be used to improve and strengthen the health services offered by the city. In particular, the funds will be used to refurbish Roman hospitals, to strengthen the rescue helicopter, to renew the ambulances, to expand the exemptions to the release of the turnover. Of the approximately €88 million, the Region has considered and allocation of more than 19 million euro (of which 3.5 for fleet renewal ambulances, 1.7 for the retrofitting of health facilities and 14 million for the enlargement from 15% to 30% of the exceptions to the release of the turnover) for the extraordinary emergency represented by the Jubilee. In addition 33.5 million Euros will serve the adaptation and retrofitting of First Aid and are an anticipation of the quota for the Lazio Region in funding for healthcare construction. The last 35.5 million are resources that the region has asked to turn on the National Health Fund and will be used for the upgrading of staff in the units of Emergency, the 118 and to fund the training of volunteers.
As for mobility, the Vigna Clara-Valle Aurelia line will be reactivated for the Jubilee, built for the World Cup Italy ’90 and then abandoned for 25 years. Seven million Euros for Via Salaria and Nomentana in addition to Prenestina and Ardeatina, which will be affected by the work. A total investment of over 7 million euro covering the whole city and in particular neighborhoods such as Talenti, Montesacro, Castel Giubileo, Settebagni Fidene and Villa Spada.
The Study Centre, however, also launched an alarm about potential scams for the tourists and pilgrims in the capital, where the illegal rents are widespread. The irregular houses, in fact, are nearly 4,000. “Everywhere in the city, not only in the center – the Censis said – there are resort accommodations and the sound of the wheels of the trolleys resounds in every corner of the city. And short-term illegal rents are widespread. It is estimated that this obscure sector of the Municipality of Rome is made up of nearly 4,000 irregular homes for vacation with about 36,000 sleeping accomodation, with a rate of sub-standard facilities or illegally working at around 75%. Only in terms of avoidance of tax, this phenomenon would result in the next year in a sum of about 40 million euros not collected by the Coffers of the capital”.
And the Romans, what do they think? 90% consider it an opportunity, because it creates jobs and because it allows the city to open up. Rome tries to become again “caput mundi”.