Italy’s hotel association, Federalberghi Hotel Group, predicted last Thursday that the last weekend of October would be long and productive, as 3.16 billion euros were expected to be generated from that weekend alone.
The prediction was based on the fact that Monday November 1 is a public holiday (All Saints Day), during which ten million Italians are expected to participate in travel activity, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
In addition, 90% of these travelers will stay in Italy, further increasing travel and tourism results. About 27.7% are expected to visit art cities, 22.5% mountains and other nature-related tourist sites, and 20.5% will choose seaside and coastal locations for their break.
However, the remaining ten percent will visit EU Member States and their respective capitals (63 percent).
A report recently shared by the European Travel Commission (ETC) reveals that the second favorite destination of European nationals for the next trip, after Spain, are Italian destinations, with 9.1% of the 4,149 respondents saying so. .
The same report reveals that Italians are the third nation in the EU planning to travel in the next six months, with 68.3% of the 750 participants confirming their travel plans.
Additionally, they were also the second country to say that issuing the EU COVID-19 digital certificate made traveling easier amid the pandemic, with 65.1% being pro-EU DCC and 6% against.
Italy joined the EU’s DCC portal in June 2021 with the aim of simultaneously facilitating travel and reviving tourism, which has suffered severe damage due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In order to help the Italian tourism sector, last week a fund of 191.5 billion euros was dedicated to the tourism sector in Italy through the Recovery and Resilience Facility, as approved by the Council of Ministers.
The fund should repair the economic and social damage caused by the pandemic and revive two crucial industries for the Italian economy; tourism and culture.
The €1 billion fund is part of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) reform package which targets three strategic areas; digitalization and innovation – which should make Italy a more tech-friendly destination, and ecological transition, which should make the country more economically sustainable. In addition, the third area – social inclusion aims to address the social damage caused by the pandemic and, in general, to address the weak structure of the Italian economy.
In August, the country’s domestic tourism hit an all-time high, with 23 million Italian holidaymakers revealing they would be vacationing in the country, following the issuance of the Green Pass, Italy’s version of Italy’s COVID-19 digital certificate. the EU.