Top Venice politician takes soft approach on cruise spat
Must protect thousands of workers offering the services, he says23 September, 19:26
Critics have called on a limit to their passage after an alleged close call in the area and amid the national headlines made by the Costa Concordia crash off Tuscany last year that killed 32 people.
The cruise ship industry provides for numerous services employment and there is a need to protect the workers involved in this industry, said the president of the Venice region Luca Zaia in an interview with Antenna Tre Nordest.
"I am convinced that all large vessels, that are not normal boats, should exit from the city of Venice, but we need to safeguard the cruise ship industry", said the president of the Venice region, Luca Zaia, in an interview with Antenna Tre Nordest.
"We have some 4,000-5,000 workers working in the cruise ship tourism services business, and if the large ships are kept out of the lagoon, we will close down.
If not, "we might as well send them to Trieste", a nearby and competitor portal city he said.