The pandemic plunges the Piedmontese GDP: -6.8%

TORINO – In the year of the pandemic, Piedmont reduces the loss of GDP, which is expected to be 6.8% compared to the national average of -8.9%. The figure was calculated, well in advance of Istat estimates, by the Torino Finanza Committee, which is able to measure regional economic activity in near real time thanks to a new and innovative statistical model, the so-called «Pil Nowcasting».

“We are comforted to learn that Piedmont is doing better than the rest of Italy, but let’s not forget that this decline of 6.8% represents 7 billion less GDP”, comments on the local pages of the newspaper La Stampa Vladimiro Rambaldi, President of the Committee Turin Finance. «We also remind you that in the quarter being estimated the forced stop of winter tourism still weighed little – he adds – which will be seen in the following quarter. We must therefore not delude ourselves that we are out of the emergency ».

The regional GDP figure, although better than the national one, “cannot and must not console us”, observes the president of Unioncamere Piemonte, Gian Paolo Coscia, according to whom “we will have to work even harder, as local and national institutions, to recover the economic gap created by the pandemic “. Especially since the negative economic situation will still be felt on the estimates of the first quarter of 2021.

Tourist Piedmont will restart “with imagination”

From the tourism crisis caused by the pandemic, Piedmont intends to restart “with determination and imagination”, focusing more and more on digital and new technologies. This is what emerges from the conference ‘Artificial intelligence, blockchain, big data: what prospects for the enhancement of the territory?’, Organized by VisitPiemonte in Turin.

Just as, if confirmed, the regional capital is preparing to become the headquarters of I3A, the subjects of the territory are looking for synergies to increasingly exploit the opportunities offered by digital in the field of hospitality. But there is also the provocation of a French expert, Jeanne-Pierre Darnis of the Université Cote d’Azur, who comes to propose the villages to be rediscovered as relaxing «digital-free tourism oases».

The goal is to avoid the so-called ‘Venice effect’, which, according to VisitPiemonte’s CEO, Maria Grazia Pellerino, could also be achieved “by exploiting artificial intelligence to guide the tourist, rather than providing him with only what, according to the algorithm, is already part of his wishes “.

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