Italian parliamentarians Antonio Tasso (Mixed group) and Alessandro Amitrano (M5S) and the mayor of Naples, Lugi de Magistris, visited the Vebo international exhibition – favours, gifts and home – the first Italian exhibition in the sector to reopen at the Mostra d’Oltremare fairgrounds in Naples after the lockdown.
The first Neapolitan citizen, a constant visitor to the fair over the years, invited the exhibitors not to give up, encouraging them to go on despite the difficulties but not to stay at home.
It is a difficult time, but it is in difficult times that you can see the people who are worthwhile,” said de Magistris, “and I am here to express my appreciation for those who did not give up their stands, for those who were there in low numbers, but this is appreciated: if you lock yourself in and give up you have already lost, if you fight you can also win and we are here to try to fight in the time of the pandemic.
Then de Magistris launched a jab at Governor De Luca: “Politics and institutions should have the ability to never lose common sense and make individual and collective responsibility for health coexist, which is the priority, but this does not necessarily mean having to give up the rest of the rights and life. So there is no need for terrorist proclamations, no need for panic and no need for alarm, there is a need for responsibility, rigour, courage, common sense and reaching out to each other even if we cannot, being united with a sense of community’.
The final day of the Vebo also saw the presence of MPs Antonio Tasso (Mixed Group) and Alessandro Amitrano (M5S), a member of the secretariat of the President of the Chamber of Deputies Roberto Fico. The MEPs have been working alongside the sector represented by AIRB (Italian Association of Gifts, Favours, Weddings and Confetti) for some time now, having, through their commitment, obtained recognition of 5 million euro in non-repayable grants for the production segment and its supply chain in the Relaunch Decree.
Their participation in the AIRB national convention provided further guarantees to the sector, which counts about 500 thousand operators in the sector and has a turnover of 36 billion euros per year. The difficulties caused by Covid 19 have brought the Wedding world and its specific supply chain of wedding favours, sugared almonds and giftware to its knees. Reassuring words, with institutional help in the field of product and image promotion, concluded the convention’s speeches.
Luciano Paulillo, organiser of the international Vebo exhibition, was also satisfied: “It was certainly a reduced edition, a Special Edition, going from the usual 260 exhibitors in seven halls to the current 50 in just two, but it was necessary to give continuity to the fair and above all a strong signal of recovery. It was not a trade fair where strong commercial exchanges were recorded, as it was intended for operators in the sector, but we looked each other in the eye in order to move forward together. Thanks to the participation of government representatives, we can aim for a better 2021 and perhaps a successful one for the entire wedding industry”.