A study published by the retailers association Comfcommercio has revealed that tourism revenues in Italy are expected to reach 17 billion euros in revenue this summer.
The report also shows that the main drivers of the recovery are Americans, with 2.2 million American visitors expected to bring in 2.1 billion euros between July and September, 20% more than during the same period of 2019, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
According to the report, Canadians, Australians and South Africans make up a significant portion of this year’s visitors.
Italy’s domestic tourism has also increased, with 35 million Italians traveling on holiday in their country, despite a cost of living crisis caused by rising inflation and exacerbated by the war in Ukraine.
Earlier, Italian authorities revealed that nearly 13 million Italians would travel on June 2 for National and Republic Day, most of whom, a total of 87.4 percent, would choose to stay in Italy.
The same source also indicated that seaside resorts will be among the most preferred destinations, with 44.5%, while 21.3% will choose art cities, large and small.
In addition, the number of tourists coming to Italy from Asian countries is decreasing. At the same time, EU sanctions imposed following the Russian invasion of Ukraine have seen Russian tourism drop to near zero.
In this regard, Germany, a key source of tourism, particularly in southern Italy, also fell by 27% in July compared to 2019 – a drop caused by the disruption of air transport.
Figures from Italy’s national statistics agency Istat show that in a typical year most Italian tourists, 14.1%, come from Germany. Meanwhile, around three percent come from the United States and another three percent from the United Kingdom.
“The return of foreign tourism after three years is helping to consolidate our economic recovery. The outlook, however, is uncertain due to lower consumption, air travel unrest and the unknown pandemic,” also noted the president of Confcommercio Carlo Sangalli.
According to analysis by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), Italy’s travel and tourism sector is estimated to significantly boost the country’s economic recovery, reaching pre-pandemic levels next year. , only 0.3% below 2019 levels.
Additionally, the latest Economic Impact Report (EIR) from WTTC revealed that the sector’s contribution to GDP next year could reach more than €194 billion.