Business & Economy


Direct flights to China in 2018

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017
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Starting June’18 from Nanchang + 60 more flights Marconi pulled off a marketing miracle concluded in the Italian Embassy Beijing. The first direct flight will be from Nanchang, Jiangxi capital, south-east of China. Over the following weeks, other flights to and from China will land and depart from Bologna for a total of 60 incoming […]

Businesses penalised for open door policy

Saturday, November 25th, 2017
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Closed doors pollute less say Comune The new winter ordinance that compels city shops to keep their front doors closed while operating winter heating or air conditioning in summer has come into effect. The measure “aims to contain pollutant emissions in the atmosphere” and was announced by Valentina Orioli. The councillor for the Environment, as […]

Tourism Councillor declares war on city centre jam-packed with dehors

Thursday, October 26th, 2017
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NEW RULES Councillor for Marketing and Tourism, Matteo Lepore has declared drastic action must be taken to stem the over crowding of chairs and tables around the old centre: “We need to improve quality and controls.” At current levels the city has extended the licenses for 136 dehors until June 30, 2018 nevertheless, Lepore sent […]

Golinelli sets a high bar for Bolognese philanthropy

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
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New Art & Science Centre Marino Golinelli: “I’m leaving a piece of my heritage to the Foundation for young people’s dreams.” The new Center opened the ‘City for Knowledge and Culture’ at Opificio Golinelli. The modern structure is 8 meters high and spans 700 square meters (added to 9,000 of the Opificio). It was designed […]

City Image Under Threat

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
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A five year boom for restaurants (+ 31.9%), minimarkets (+ 48%), cafes (+ 233%) Minister of Culture, Bruna Gambarelli, fears that Bologna may soon pay for its own quick success story. The rush to develop tourism in the city is likely to transform the dream of becoming the City of Food in the future, and […]

Hoteliers take aim at Airbnb & Booking

Thursday, July 27th, 2017
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Calls for ‘Equality’ regarding competition rules A dossier complied by Confesercenti on all the room offers across major online portals reveals that: “The market saturation is now 50% meaning that private citizens represent an unfair competitor to the hotel industry. There must be a remedy put in place, but the regional authority is too timid […]

Marconi ‘may’ offer compensation for aircraft noise

Thursday, July 20th, 2017
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Residents get results of health monitoring Chairman of Marconi airport Enrico Postacchini went on record to admit, “We are ready to discuss compensation for disturbance and damage from aircraft noise, but in the last few years we have been fully committed to reducing discomfort and the results are remarkable.” It’s the first time they have […]

September deadline for new airport monorail

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017
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Public service for People Mover set for 4 March 2019 – a mere 14 years later  It didn’t seem possible, so the naysayers would have believed but the transport network ready to shuttle travellers between the airport and the city centre (as of the beginning of July) is 58% complete. Each carrier has the ability […]

Comune gets rich on the stock market, again

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
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Millions in dividends for hard-up city council…to spend on more speed cameras Palazzo d’Accursio can thank its lucky stars, or rather, the stock market for a bountiful year. Due to their smart investments in Hera and Marconi airport, the comune has filled it coffers with a €13,433,622 windfall in dividends. The lion’s share came from […]

Autour du Bain in Bologna

Monday, June 19th, 2017
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By Marie Noelle 10 years ago, when I got my Christmas presents, one of them had a beautiful delicate scent that I could not resist.  I opened it straight away and it was a little basket full of pastries with awesome colours and the scents blew my mind.  When I realised they were soaps and […]