Beach tourism slumps in 'crazy weather'

Beach establishments suffer drops of up to 70% in customers

(ANSA) - Rome, August 1 - The lingering effects of Italy's recession and the "crazy weather the country has endured so far this summer, with frequent rain and storms, has caused a slump in seaside tourism this season.
    An association representing Italian beach establishments, the Sindacato Italiano Balneari, said Fridayt that its members saw customer numbers drop by up to 70% in June and July with respect to the same period in 2013.
    It added that revenues were down by around 400 million euros.
    Italian beach establishments rent sunbed, deck chairs and sun umbrellas, provide life guards and often feature bars or restaurants.
   

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