Just What Italy Needs: More Islamic Tourism!

As if all those boatloads landing at Lampedusa weren’t enough…

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from Il Giornale:

Apulia (Puglia), the priority of Emiliano: Money for “Islamic tourism”

The Apulian region of Emiliano (PD) has published a notice to finance the tourist structure, which “removes Christian symbols” and becomes Muslim-friendly: “That’s how we make ourselves Islamized”.

by Luca Sablone
August 24, 2020

A series of initiatives that permits the Apulia territory to open itself to the opportunity of tourism close to the Islamic world: This is the intent of the project, “Muslim-friendly”, promoted in the Apulian region as part of the program “Destination Apulia”, and carried out with the Apulia Public Theater and Apulia Promotions.

A public announcement was created for “the presentation of proposals finalized as to the definition of the plan of promotion of the Apulia tourism offer ‘Muslim-Friendly’”. In that manner, while our country has to deal with the drastic economic consequences caused by the coronavirus emergency, the Left extends its hand to Islamic tourism. Evidently, this represents a priority in respect to the needs of the Italians.

The public announcement provides a comprehensive budget of €90,000, IVA (value-added tax) included for promotional projects which have to be accomplished between October 1 and November 18, 2020; at the same time, they must include overnight stays, guided tours, tourist packages, and catering. Stop, however. There is a principal condition to be respected: One must take into account “the particular needs of the Muslim tourists, who, according to recent research in the sector are constantly growing in numbers, as well as having peculiarities which make them also qualitatively very interesting for the Apulian territory.”

“We will Islamize ourselves”

It all has been denounced by Georgia Meloni, who on her own social profile has taken note of the notice (click here to read it) by which the tourist structures are to be financed “which remove Christian symbols”, becoming “Muslim-friendly”, and make themselves more welcoming to Muslims. Among the provisions, separate pools between men and women (but haven’t genders been abolished by the Left?), baby-sitters, and personnel dressed appropriately (no mini-dress, better in burqa), and a series of other embarrassing rules. All in all, we pay with public resources to Islamize ourselves,” was the harsh comment from the leader of Fratelli d’Italia [Brothers of Italy party].

Each project proposal included in the “Muslim-Friendly” Apulia Promotion Plan will be acquired by TPP for a minimum fee equal to €3,000 (including tax) up to a maximum of €10,000 (including tax). The notice has provoked a reaction also from Matteo Salvini; the leader of the League has provided an ironic explanation taking into consideration the explosion of landings that continues to impact Italy. “Effectively a priority… Given the multiplication of landings of small boats, barges, and even sailing ships on the most beautiful coasts of Salento, I would say we are on a good path…Poor Apulia, this left is a disgrace: On September 20-21, we will send them home. Are you with us?” wrote the ex-interior minister. In the evening, after the polemics, the Apulian Public Theater decided to withdraw the Muslim-Friendly notice, explaining that the notice “must be submitted to the regional council for evaluation.”