Alis: transport and sustainable tourism for the restart
Alis – the Sustainable Intermodal Logistics Association – represents more than 1,500 companies and urges that “Italy in motion” must be placed at the heart of the political agenda for economic resumption
Transport and sustainable tourism are the keywords to restart Italy, especially in the South, after the stop imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. This is the message launched during the “Transport and sustainable tourism. The South at the heart of the restart” event – the annual appointment of Alis, the Sustainable Intermodal Logistics Association during the third edition held in Manduria (Taranto) last 27 July.
Transport and tourism, said the President of Alis, Guido Grimaldi, during his speech to open the meeting, “Must necessarily be at the heart of the political agenda right from the next measures and interventions”. Without efficiency and competitiveness in the transport sector, “there will be no recovery for tourism and without sustainability there will no development in the future”. This is why “Alis is determined to present requests and proposals to institutions, as a unified voice for the entire sector, focusing on a common strategy for investments and targeted action, in two such interconnected sectors, with the aim at closing the gap between the North and South of Italy and the rest of Europe”.
As regards southern Italy, “relaunching the South through transport and tourism means modernising infrastructures and ensuring their safety, upgrading railway lines, strengthening ports and sea lanes, encouraging the use of intermodal systems and the creation of special economic zones, reducing bureaucracy, promoting digitization in the sector and attracting new capital and investments,” said Grimaldi, who added that “the economy of the South and the country as a whole can only fully restart if transport and logistics operators are given more consideration and targeted action on the part of institutions”.
Michele Boccardi, president of Assoeventi, also focused on the fundamental role of mobility. “There is no tourism and no events without mobility. We are effectively twin companies strongly interconnected with each other because we without transport and sustainable mobility we cannot exist. Not to mention the allied business generated by these sectors in turn involving further connections with the world of transport”.
Pino Musolino, President of the Northern Adriatic Sea Port System Authority, emphasized the need for “passing on from words to deeds as regards Italy’s role as a natural logistic platform in the Mediterranean. Precisely for this reason, trade with China is welcome but we must also think carefully about infrastructures”.
Alis, said Grimaldi in his concluding speech, “is ready for the restart of an Italy increasingly on the move”. The Association boasts 1,530 associate companies, more than 178,000 employees, a fleet of over 130,000 vehicles, more than 140,000 maritime connections per year, more than 125 the Sea lanes, over 160 railway lines, 200,000 railway connections per year and 26 billion euros in aggregate turnover.