Tourism in Italy plunges, 10b euro less in 2021

Arrivals well below 2019 levels

12 January, 13:51

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, JAN 12 - The amount spent by tourists in Italy dropped by a whopping 10 billion euros in the first nine months of 2021 compared with prior to the pandemic, reported the Italian farmers association Coldiretti.

    One third of the losses were in consumption of food and drinks in restaurants, pizzerias, and agritourism, as well as street food and souvenirs.

    Coldiretti noted that there had been a rise in the number of customers (+22.3%) but that this still remained well under the 2019 levels (-38.4%).

    "There has been almost an entire halt to the winter tourism season and to the recovery of the summer one. The lack of foreign tourists prevented from crossing the border due to COVID and the restrictions adopted is especially conspicuous, but there has also been a drop in the presence of domestic tourists at the end of the year. More positive figures were seen in the summer period," the association noted.

    It went on to say that, for Italians, "compared with the more traditional destinations, there has been a distinct trend towards holidays nearby." It added that small towns near Italians' place of residence "make it possible to bring together the desire for tranquillity and the chance to enjoy space for more freedom." The association includes over 25,000 agritourism outfits.

    "Due to generalized difficulties, 2021," it said, "ended with almost one million fewer tourists compared with prior to the pandemic in 2019, especially due to the drop in the presence of foreigners but also Italians, according to Campagna Amica".(ANSAmed).

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