ROME – Italy did not see the high number of tourists it had been hoping for in mid-August, ANSA was told by Demoskopika institute chief Raffaele Rio.

”Last year,” he noted, ”elaborating central bank figures, in the month of August alone there were over 5 million foreign tourists that opted to spent their holiday in Italy, generating over 37 million night stays in hotels and related facilities in Italy, spending about 4 billion euros.” This year, he continued, ”we estimate that there was a drop in the same period of about 70%, with a 3.6 million decrease in foreign tourists and almost 2 billion fewer euros spent.” ”I am still of the opinion that Italians,” Rio added, ”are very traditional in their choice of tourism consumption. The Demoskopika figures show that, taking into consideration the social distancing as much desired as little practiced, about 6 out of every 10 Italians that said they would be going on holiday opted for seaside locations, mainly in Sicily, Puglia, Calabria, Emilia-Romagna and Sardinia.

Some others chose the mountains or art cities, but there is no doubt that art cities suffered more severely from the collapse of the sector, especially due to the sharp decrease in international tourism. Some of our elaborations – on the basis of central bank data – estimate that about 2.7 million foreigners decided in the end not to stay in an art city in Italy between July and August.”

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