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Ambassador Raffaele Trombetta receives Marco Bucci, Mayor of Genoa



Ambassador Raffaele Trombetta receives Marco Bucci, Mayor of Genoa

Ambassador Raffaele Trombetta received Marco Bucci, the mayor of Genoa; Barbara Grosso, Liguria’s regional minister of culture; Laura Gaggero, the regional minister of tourism; Pietro Paolo Giampellegrini, the extraordinary commissioner of In Liguria, the regional tourism-promotion agency, and Iacopo Avegno, the deputy director of the Presidency and IT for the Liguria region.

The delegation is visiting London to support Liguria and its most important travel and tourism businesses at the World Travel Market, a major B2B event in the travel and tourism sector. Marco Bucci observed that the trend for “experience” tourism is bearing fruit in Liguria, where the demand for experiences linked to the local area is growing, especially among foreign visitors.

The meeting on 5 November at the embassy, which followed on from the Municipality of Genoa’s London roadshow in 2018, also offered an opportunity to discuss progress on the city’s strategic plan, particularly infrastructure projects, and the investment prospects associated with it.

Good progress is being made on the construction of a Renzo Piano-inspired bridge to replace the collapsed Morandi bridge, said Bucci. Once the construction work is completed, a project will be launched to regenerate Val Polcevera, one of the two valleys in which Genoa is situated. The contract for the project was awarded to Milanese architect Stefano Boeri, who plans to turn the area into the green lungs of Genoa, a large, highly innovative urban park producing all its own energy. Ambassador Trombetta noted that considerations of sustainability, a priority for both Italy and the UK, increasingly shape business and investment choices.

Genoa and its institutions are doubling down to ensure that the reconstruction efforts following the Morandi bridge tragedy translate into opportunities to development and relaunch Genoa and the region. This approach, combined with other factors such as opportunities in the blue economy, particularly ports, has so far attracted the interest of numerous international investors.

London will continue to be one of the main platforms for promoting the redevelopment of Genoa, with events promoting investment and cultural projects to reinforce the already solid links between Genoa and the UK.