The decree implementing the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (Pnrr) dedicated specifically to the tourism-hospitality sector was finally approved yesterday by the Council of Ministers. There are at stake € 2.4 billion in appropriation, with an estimated financial leverage that can be activated for a further 6.9 billion. It should be immediately clarified that, as already anticipated by our newspaper, thean overwhelming majority of resources will go to the hospitality sector. For travel agencies and to, at the moment, a few crumbs remain. But the commitment must still be emphasized and these funds represent in any case an important opportunity for the relaunch and redevelopment of a national hospitality system, of which many have long called for a process of radical renewal.
The Superbonus in detail
Of the 2.4 billion available, well 1.7 billion are in fact destined for the redevelopment and energy optimization of hotels, accommodation facilities, marinas, theme parks, bathing establishments, spas, agritourisms, fairs and congresses. Of these at least 500 million are therefore assigned to the so-called Superbonus at 80%, whose model is substantially modeled on that for private residences at 110%, as well as a non-repayable grant. These resources are divided as follows: 110 million allocated for 2022, 180 million each for 2023 and 2024, 40 million for 2025.
The Superbonus will be recognized in the form of a tax credit (transferable to third parties) and will also cover the expenses incurred for anti-seismic solutions, the elimination of architectural barriers, the construction of thermal pools, digitalization, conservative restoration, building renovation and the digitalization of businesses. The subsidy will be accessible for works started after the new decree law comes into force, as well as for those already in place but not yet completed. To access it, you will need to wait for a notice from the Ministry of Tourism, which is expected to be published within 30 days following the actual entry into force of the measure. As mentioned, a series of non-repayable contributions, which can be combined with each other, are also envisaged, relating, among other things, to digitalization and technological and energy innovation, female entrepreneurship and under 35s, as well as companies in the South.
For the president of Federalberghi, Bernabò Bocca, it is “an important confidence boost for tourism businesses and workers“. The measures provided for by the decree, says the president of Italian hoteliers, “offer a significant contribution to the restart, as they support the redevelopment of accommodation facilities, with non-repayable contributions and tax credit, and accompany the disbursement of credit, for ensure the business continuity of companies in the tourism sector and guarantee liquidity needs and investments “.
Credit support measures
In fact, the measure also includes other credit support interventions to weigh on the remaining resources available. It starts from guarantee fund for smes, which will be equipped with a section dedicated exclusively to tourism, with funds equal to 358 million euros, for a potential financial leverage of over 3 billion. Another fund will instead be revolving: managed by CDP, it will be worth 180 million (1 billion leverage) and will be dedicated to larger redevelopment interventions (between 500 thousand and 10 million euros) with a state contribution foreseen at 35% of the costs incurred (as an alternative to the Superbonus).
Itineraries and Jubilee 2025
Dowry of 500 million (1.5 billion leverage) managed by Mef and Bei for the development of new cultural tourist pedestrian itineraries, including the restoration of historic railway lines. For the Jubilee 2025 500 million euros were also allocated to support the archaeological, tourist and cultural heritage of Rome and the entire Lazio region.
The digitization of agencies and tour operators
In the end there are 98 million euros for travel agencies and tour operators, to be used as a 50% tax credit, up to a maximum of 25 thousand euros, for the digitalization of services.
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Pnrr: the Superbonus reaches 80% for hotels. Allocated 500 million euros