Italy is bracing for a new wave of tourists from the war-torn country of Syria after the country’s new government was voted into power on Sunday.
The move by the new parliament came after President Sergio Mattarella’s centrist People of the People (PDO) coalition came to power on a wave of popular anger at the lack of transparency surrounding the war in Syria.
The election saw PDO’s leader Matteo Salvini come in first place with a comfortable majority.
But the election results came with several significant concerns.
In addition to the countrys largest city, Palermo, the government is also facing a backlash over a controversial plan to build a massive shopping mall on the Mediterranean island.
While the mall will reportedly open later this year, some residents say it is only the beginning of a project that will make Palermos once again one of Europes biggest shopping destinations.
“It’s a bit of a shame that Palerms tourism will be stopped, but it is a step in the right direction,” resident Silvia Sanna told Al Jazeera.
Sanna, who was born in Palerma, grew up on the island and now lives in Naples.
Sanna said she had always been excited about visiting Palermas beaches. “
For the first time, the economy is thriving, and tourism is booming, so I think we have to get a lot more out of the country.”
Sanna said she had always been excited about visiting Palermas beaches.
“We’re really lucky, because we live in the middle of a beautiful city,” she said.
“The beach is beautiful, the water is nice, and the people are very nice.”
Palermias tourism is expected to increase in the coming years.
“What we really want to do is improve our infrastructure,” said Sanna.
“But we have a lot to do.
With a population of almost 6 million, Palermias is one in the top 10 countries in the world, and it has the highest number of millionaires in the region. “
There are lots of good jobs to be had.”
With a population of almost 6 million, Palermias is one in the top 10 countries in the world, and it has the highest number of millionaires in the region.
Tourism accounts for about 40 percent of the Palermes GDP, according to the World Bank.