Enel X brings electric mobility to 227 ‘Orange flag’ municipalities in Italy

Published on Thursday, 24 May 2018

“Electric mobility is proving successful not only in large urban centres, but with this agreement it becomes an important tool for tourism, enhancing the appeal of our country’s landmarks. We are enthusiastically contributing to the mission of the Orange Flag Association with our innovative charging technologies: the zero emission car is the ideal way to discover the artistic treasures in the historic centres of the most beautiful Italian villages”

– Francesco Venturini, Head of Enel X

“The Orange Flag towns, besides being municipalities with a strong historical-cultural and agri-food vocation, are also highly sensitive to environmental quality. This agreement not only meshes well with the dynamics of the Orange Flag brand, but also fits the manner in which these towns should be visited, as most have fewer than 3,000 inhabitants: a “gentle” and non-invasive mobility to protect the towns and the landscape. ‘Electric mobility’ incorporates these two important visions, which are the foundation of this project. A project promoted by the Region of Liguria and managed as well as analysed rigorously by the Italian Touring Club (fewer than 10% of the candidate municipalities qualify for the recognition). The agreement with Enel is a step in this direction, and I thank them on behalf of all these small communities for having accepted our proposal, lending a helping hand to these towns with a service that will ensure the continued expansion of tourism”

– Fulvio Gazzola, President of the Association of Orange Flag Municipalities

“Municipalities that have received the Orange Flag from the Italian Touring Club are towns that combine quality, innovation and results. For example, 79% of the certified municipalities have opened new restaurants, 81% have opened new stores, more than 80% have increased their accommodation capacity. Important agreements such as the one with Enel X widen the base of services and the attractiveness of the towns, to the benefit of residents and visitors, supporting widespread sustainable behaviour. Everything contributes to the vitality of the hinterland: in fact there is an increase in the number of residents in the Orange Flag towns (+8% on average from the year in which the brand is associated with the town), confirming that this network, with a shared conception of how to develop tourism, has also become a great laboratory of social innovation”

– Giuseppe Roma, President of the Rome Delegation of the Italian Touring Club

The Association of Orange Flag Municipalities was founded in 2002, through the collaboration between the Italian Touring Club and the Tourism Department of the Region of Liguria, to leverage the resources of small inland towns. The analysis that candidates must undergo to obtain the Orange Flag evaluates over 250 criteria grouped into five key areas: reception, accommodation and complementary services, factors of tourist attraction, environmental quality and the structure as well as quality of the town. To date, 227 municipalities that have obtained certification, equal to 8% of candidate sites in 2018.