“Parks outside the refreshment area, but we need tools to amortize losses”

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The amusement and water park sector must “be formally included in the tourism sector“and they are necessary”instruments endorsed by the new finance government to amortize the losses of these two seasons over the long term, of at least 20 years“. That’s what he says to the time.news Renato Lenzi, chief operating officer of ‘The Dolphin Company’, la multinational owner of Zoomarine, the largest water park in Italy located on the outskirts of Rome.

“The damage to the loss of turnover in 2020 in our sector – he explains in fact – to date they have not been included in the refreshment plan“. Already to the previous minister of reference, that of cultural heritage,” we have made concrete proposals. To date – continues Lenzi – we are awaiting a response on our request for formal inclusion in the tourism sector of our sector, which receives over 25 million national and international tourists a year, and that the support measures already applicable to this sector “.

“We are confident that the new Minister Garavaglia, whom we thank for opening a direct dialogue with our sector association, work for the recognition of our inclusion in the tourism sector with the appropriate administrative steps “, continues Lenzi who is also a member of the board of directors of the Traveling Shows Association (Anesv) and president of the European Association Aquatic Mammals (Eaam), an association that groups together all the aquariums and zoos hosting marine mammals in Europe.

‘if we do not reopen, devastating social repercussions reopen’

As for the 2021 season, continues Lenzi, “we are aware that it will not bring profits, just as last season was not. I remember that many of our facilities are seasonally adjusting, so the months already lost are many more than two. Our responsibility and vision is to give continuity to our companies and work to as well as our employees. If we don’t have to open for nothing – warns – the social repercussions would be devastating and many of the entrepreneurs in our industry, who are individuals or families, would lose their entire life’s jobs. “

“It is also for this reason that our sector is clamoring for intervention at no cost to the government, but that offers a new finance that provides us with the opportunity to spread the losses of the past season over a large period and certainly also those of this season “, Lenzi reiterates.

Meanwhile, the work of the multinational goes on. “Our group – he explains in fact – operates with 30 parks in 10 countries around the world. Fortunately in most of the other countries we have been operating since last summer without interruption“and for this reason,” despite the difficulties on non-receipts of the last 12 months, we are guaranteeing the highest level of well-being to our animals and we continue our plans not only for ordinary and extraordinary maintenance, but also that of investments in new attractions, so that also for this 2021 Zoomarine, and the other two Italian parks of our group, Aquafelix in Civitavecchia and Acquajoss di Conselice, in the province of Ravenna, are ready with amazing news “, concludes Lenzi.

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