Following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, Italy is expected to see an increase in arrivals and overnight stays.
According to the latest publication from the tourism research institute Demoskopika, more than 92 million tourists are expected to vacation in Italy this year. This means that compared to last year, Italy will show a 35% increase, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
In addition, the same pointed out that the country is expected to record around 343 million overnight stays by the end of this year.
Despite such high numbers, the institute noted that this year’s numbers will still remain lower than those recorded during the pre-pandemic period.
Compared to 2019, the number of tourists arriving in Italy this year is expected to be 29.6% lower and the number of overnight stays is expected to be 21.4% lower.
It has been estimated that almost destinations in Italy will record positive trends this year. The Piedmont region is expected to receive the highest number of tourists – 4.3 million arrivals and 12.8 million overnight stays. Trentino-South Tyrol will take second place and Campania third.
“At the territorial level, all regional destinations will register a positive evolution of tourist flows, with Piedmont in the lead, in terms of percentage of evolution in attendance, with 12.8 million overnight stays (+56.7%)”, reads Demoskopika’s statement.
With regard to tourist expenditure, it has been estimated that by the end of 2022, tourist flows in Italy could generate more than 26 billion euros, thus showing an increase of 11.8% compared to 2021.
“By 2022, tourist flows in Italy could generate tourism expenditure of 26.4 billion euros with an increase of 11.8% compared to the previous year”, Demoskopika added.
Besides tourists from other countries, Demoskopika noted that 30 million Italians are also expected to vacation in the country. On the other hand, 10% plan to travel abroad, of which 7% have already planned a trip to another European country and 3% opt for a holiday abroad.
Italy has already relaxed its COVID-19 entry rules. All travelers, regardless of their country of origin, are currently allowed to enter Italy without restriction as long as they hold a valid COVID-19 pass – a vaccination, recovery or test certificate.
In addition, the Italian authorities also plan to relax the remaining national measures related to COVID-19.
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