If there’s ever a time to toot my own horn, 4 a.m. should be as good as any. Your favorite insomniac is perusing the Web for up-to-the-minute information on travel to Torino – (oh dear, I have gone to the other side, somewhere around yesterday, I gave up the fight to call it ‘Turin’!). Just found out that USA TODAY quoted me today on those wildcat strikes in Italy. Here’s an excerpt:
“It’s the perfect time for the workers to bring attention to their issues,” said Kathy McCabe, editor and publisher of a subscription travel newsletter, Dream of Italy, in Washington. “It’s the worst time for the government.”
Berlusconi, who is in a tough re-election campaign, had wanted to showcase the Olympics.
“This is a huge black eye for Berlusconi,” McCabe said, because the strikes are occurring at the same time there is a last-minute demand to travel to the Olympics. “It’s playing into a stereotype. It’s Italy …is a striking nation. They’ll call a strike, then call it off, then call it again and call it off.”
Here’s some of the other great publicity Dream of Italy has received this past week: