Giuseppe Maimone is from Maratea, a town of about 5,000 people in the Basilicata region in Southern Italy. When he finished high school, Giuseppe moved abroad to study communications and to learn English. He returned to Maratea in 2011 where he is currently the president of the Associazione di Promozione Sociale Pleiades, and continues to work in tourism and communications.
You left maratea for several years. What motivated you to leave? What motivated you to return?
The main motivation that drove me to leave Maratea when I was only 17 years old was a change of scenery, and in particular to continue studying at university, since there are no universities in Maratea. After many years living abroad, however, I desired to return to the place I grew up and put into practice that which I learned at university.
What kind of impact do you hope to make through your work?
I hope I can improve the tourist services in Maratea to a measurable level of success, quantitative and qualitative.
What are the biggest barriers preventing you from making this impact? Why did you return to Maratea knowing these barriers?
The biggest barrier is the poor organization of the tourist sector in Maratea. Nonetheless, I decided to return not only for the love that I have for the area I grew up in, but also because I recognize the untapped potential here.
What does Maratea have to offer you? What do you have to offer Maratea?
Maratea offers me a unique and wonderful view to the world and an important cultural and artistic heritage. I would give my all to maximize these beauties.
How might PYMWYMI enable you to offer this?
PYMWYMI can help me promote my work and the beauty of Maratea to potential tourists who don’t know about this piece of Italy.
How could tourists benefit from experiencing a piece of Maratea through your eyes?
The tourists that come in contact with not only me, but the whole structure of my work, can take advantage and see Maratea through the eyes of those born and raised here. With me, they might see Maratea through the eyes of someone that over the years have had other life experiences abroad and a nuanced point-of-view.
As a young man living in southern Italy, what do you see are the biggest struggles for people like you right now?
One of the main problems is certainly the current economic situation, with scarce economic resources and a high level of unemployment.
Tourism seems to be an important part of the Maratea economy, is this changing Maratea? What are the ways that you see the tourism economy being both beneficial and detrimental in Maratea? In Italy?
Certainly Maratea, but also the South and all of Italy can benefit from the influx of tourists that are recorded every year. We need to improve the quality of services and, at the political level, improve the allocation of funds given by the European Union.