THE mafia has penetrated decisively in the Italian tourism sector and its annual turnover exceeds € 2.2 billion, according to data Italian Demoskopika Institute of Statistics and Research.
According to the APE, 40% of the illegal activity of the Italian organized crime, according to the Ansa news agency, is concentrated in the southern regions of the country and the largest percentage managed to secure the Calabrian mafia, Drageta, with 37% of the turnover. It is followed by the Camorra of Naples, with 33%, and the Cosa Nostra of Sicily, with 20% of these illegal investments. Organized crime in the greater Bari area (the Holy United Wreath) is “limited” to 10%.
According to research by Demoskopika, at least 4,500 businesses in the tourism sector are at risk of falling into the hands of mafia godmothers, who want to use them to launder money, due to the economic crisis caused by the pandemic.
The government of Mario Draghi, meanwhile, has announced that it will approve new forms of financial assistance to tourism entrepreneurs, in order to prevent any further intrusion of the various mafias operating in the country. It is recalled that in Italy the beaches will reopen on May 15, while the official start of the tourist season is set for early June.