A Number of Italian hotels have an offer for free accommodation to those couples who are looking to conceive during their stay. This is a bid to boost the country’s low birthrate.
There are ten hotels in Italy’s central region of Umbria which have signed up for the initiative. As the The Local reports. The hotels have differing agreements in place where they will either offer a reimbursement to guests who are able to prove they got pregnant during their stay, while some of the other hotels will offer a second visit free of charge.
While couples don’t have to be married to participate, this can be seen to have caused some level of controversy in the relatively conservative region, which also happens to be the original birthplace of St Francis of Assisi.
“Giving birth to a child is an act of deep love, this should be encouraged despite the multitude of difficulties in life,” organisers said, reports The Local.
However, former mayor Claudio Ricci and now local councillor has questioned whether or not the campaign is “fitting for the public image of Assist and the promotion of the region”.
For the records Italy’s birthrate is the lowest in the EU the European Union. The number of registered births was the lowest recorded in more than 150 years in 2015, with a very small number, just eight babies born for every 1000 people. The average child-bearing age has also risen to more than 31.
Reprots from the Daily Mail has written the list of accommodation providers that have signed up to the scheme include: Farmhouse Casa Faustina; Farm Basaletto; Hotel Upper Room Hotel Cristallo from Moro Gallery Hotel Assisi; Farmhouse Le Mandrie di San Paolo; Hotel Fontebella; Hotel Dei Priori; Hotel Windsor Savoia; and The Castle Hotel.
While during September, Italy’s Health Ministry launched an initiative known as “Fertility Day” in an attempt to combat sterility issues.
However, there were a number of furious protesters who were not at all happy with an image of rotting banana skin with the slogan “Male fertility is much more vulnerable than you think” and the picture of a woman holding an egg timer saying “Beauty has no age. But fertility does.”