Bo­nus for ho­tels, a win­ning tac­tic

seeITALY - - Associazioni - By Fe­der­le­gnoAr­re­do

Interview wi­th the pre­si­dent of Fe­der­le­gnoAr­re­do, Ro­ber­to Snai­de­ro

See Ita­ly: What is the rea­son be­hind this bo­nus for ho­tels?

“The pa­st few years ha­ve po­sed unprecedented chal­len­ges for de­si­gn and fur­ni­shing com­pa­nies. In 2013, af­ter leng­thy, con­struc­ti­ve dia­lo­gue wi­th the au­tho­ri­ties, a hi­sto­ric de­ci­sion was rea­ched that th­rew new light on in­du­strial re­la­tion­ships in Ita­ly: the in­tro­duc­tion of fur­ni­tu­re bo­nu­ses, in other words, 50% tax de­duc­tions for the pur­cha­se of fur­ni­shings for re­fur­bi- sh­ment. This mea­su­re did not ju­st ge­ne­ra­te very po­si­ti­ve ef­fec­ts on the eco­no­my and on so­cie­ty (let me re­mind you of ju­st two fi­gu­res: al­mo­st two bil­lion eu­ros in ex­pen­ses ge­ne­ra­ted in a year and a half and 10,000 jobs pro­tec­ted), but it al­so in­tro­du­ced an im­por­tant prin­ci­ple, sub­se­quen­tly imi­ta­ted in other fields as well, na­me­ly the use of tax in­cen­ti­ves to ge­ne­ra­te de­ve­lo­p­ment, pri­ma­ri­ly around one of our pri­ma­ry as­se­ts, our ho­mes.

Hot on the heels of the po­si­ti­ve ex­pe­rien­ce of the fur­ni­tu­re bo­nus, ca­me the idea of a new kind of in­cen­ti­ve to pro­mo­te re­laun­ch of ano­ther fun­da­men­tal sec­tor in Ita­ly – ospi­ta­li­ty. We are well aware of how im­por­tant tou­ri­sm is for us, we are the coun­try that the who­le world wan­ts to vi­sit. At that ti­me we had a clear idea of the op­por­tu­ni­ties Ex­po could of­fer, pri­ma­ri­ly for Mi­lan, but al­so for the re­st of Ita­ly. It was to be a for­mi­da­ble in­ter­na­tio­nal sho­w­ca­se.

So, wi­th the Con­fin­du­stria Al­ber­ghi (Ita­lian As­so­cia­tion of Ho­tel Com­pa­nies) we ho­ned a new pro­po­sal to re­laun­ch ho­tels and si­mi­lar bu­si­nes­ses from a struc­tu­ral, ar­chi­tec­tu­ral and in­te­rior de­si­gn point of view.

See Ita­ly: How has this mea­su­re been re­cei­ved by your com­pa­nies?

“I would li­ke to hi­ghlight ju­st one fi­gu­re: for fur­ni­tu­re alo­ne, 27,118,000 eu­ros’ wor­th of ap­pli­ca­tions we­re re­cei­ved du­ring the fir­st year, again­st the 2 mil­lion avai­la­ble. Our com­pa­nies im­me­dia­te­ly ma­de the mo­st of the op­por­tu­ni­ties pro­vi­ded by this ini­tia­ti­ve. Fe­der­le­gnoAr­re­do re­pre­sen­ts mo­re than 400 com­pa­nies ope­ra­ting in the ho­tel con­tract in­du­stry. Fur­ni­shings and fi­ni­shings ma­de in Ita­ly are re­co­gni­sed all over the world as the ex­pres­sion of ma­xi-

mum qua­li­ty, ex­cel­len­ce and lu­xu­ry. This ho­tel tax cre­dit has in­crea­sed the pos­si­bi­li­ty of pro­po­sing this ex­cel­len­ce al­so in Ita­ly”.

See Ita­ly: What do you ask from to­day’s po­li­ti­cians?

“So­me­thing very sim­ple: to gi­ve cre­dit to tho­se ini­tia­ti­ves that work. This bo­nus for ho­tels is de­fi­ni­te­ly one of them.

I be­lie­ve it is fun­da­men­tal to con­ti­nue along the pa­th un­der­ta­ken, pro­lon­ging this mea­su­re al­so in 2017 and in­crea­sing avai­la­ble funds. It is a win-win choice, brin­ging no­thing but be­ne­fi­ts. Abo­ve all from an eco­no­mic point of view. Qua­li­ty ge­ne­ra­tes de­ve­lo­p­ment, de­ve­lo­p­ment bring be­ne­fi­ts for all: com­pa­nies, the Sta­te and ci­ti­zens".

Newspapers in Italian

Newspapers from Italy

© PressReader. All rights reserved.