The Costa Smeralda will only be able to accommodate the public destined for the Ariston. In hotels, conductors, singers, employees and insiders
Sanremo – “Without a strict health protocol the Festival cannot be done, and with the current situation of the pandemic, the ship to host the public is the only solution to avoid being the empty Ariston. But it will not have any negative repercussions for city hotels, because conductors, singers, professionals, Rai staff and so on will stay in the Sanremo accommodation facilities”.
The “rescue” operation of the 2021 Festival, scheduled from 2 to 6 March, is officially started with a meeting-river in video link between the mayor of Sanremo Alberto Biancheri, the councilor for tourism Giuseppe Faraldi, the president of City Council Alessandro Il Grande, the CEO of Rai Pubblicità Gian Paolo Tagliavia, the head of the structure Williams Di Liberatore, and the representatives of the hoteliers: Silvio Di Michele (Federalberghi), Marco Sarlo and Christian Feliciotto (Federturismo), Mimmo Alessi and Ino Bonello (Assohotel).
“We all want the Festival to take place, but there is a health emergency in progress and it must be organized in such a way as to guarantee absolute safety conditions any scenario should there be between now and March “.
And considering the trend of the epidemic, the most difficult one must be predicted. Here it fits the ship for the public, on which only a week ago the mayor had said: we don’t talk about it. But now change your mind. “The situation is different from that which emerged initially. If you want the public at Ariston, and in March cinemas and theaters will still be closed, this audience must stay in a health “bubble”, without contact with the outside neither for them nor for those who host them. They cannot be placed in a hotel, it would mean completely locking it up, even the staff could not leave. The ship hypothesis it emerged precisely to guarantee a situation of total safety, with the extras who would only come out to go to the Ariston. And on the ship, an aspect on which clarity has been made, there would be no presenters, singers, professionals, or other people, who will be hosted.and in hotels as always”.
In short, the ship – the Costa Smeralda – seems destined to be just a kind of “dormitory” for the public. Without taking anything away from the city. A compromise welcomed positively by the hoteliers themselves. “We wanted to understand well, to have guarantees and we had them – Dec.and Silvio Di Michele – and from how the health situation is developing, the fact that he is working to make the Festival is already an exceptional result. We cannot afford to lose it, otherwise in a few months many structures risk closing forever. Let’s not forget that at the moment only thirty hotels are open in all of Liguria ”. The opinion of Marco Sarlo Federturismo: «In extraordinary times, extraordinary measures are needed. Initially the news of the ship worried us, but now that it has been explained to us that it will only be used for a controlled audience, oto extras, and that Festival packages plus cruise will not be sold, we are rest assured. The ship is a hypothesis because we don’t know what will happen to march. We realize the situation, to be faced with responsibility. The specter is not doing the Festival: it would be the greatest damage ”. He adds Christian Feliciotto: “The Festival must be done safely. The ship would allow not to have an Ariston empty and sad, the important thing was to have guarantees that it will host only the public.
There remains the risk of a Festival concentrated solely on Ariston. “It will not be so – continues Biancheri – because everyone, including Rai, we want the city to be involved, always respecting security protocols. The will is to hold collateral events, certainly not as in the past: they will be outdoors, with people seated and spaced apart, controlled access and booking. The organization is complex but we will all work hard on it: for the city and its economy the Festival is a fundamental appointment “. –
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