Italy top in Europe for tourist presences, ISTAT

European countries still suffering from pandemic

12 January, 18:08

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, JAN 12 - The Italian national statistics institute ISTAT said Wednesday that Italy was in top place in Europe for the number of tourist presences in the first nine months of 2021, though with a number reduced from that seen in 2019.

    In 2021, tourism flows from all European countries were still significantly marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, which severely limited the mobility of people.

    Eurostat said that the number of nights spent (presences) in hospitality facilities in the EU-27 was at about 1.1 billion in the first eight months of 2021, similar to what was seen in the same period of 2020 but about 50% lower than the figure seen in the same period in 2019.

    Among the countries showing the greatest drop in presences compared with the same period in 2019 were: Malta (-65.4%), Latvia (-58.7%), Hungary (-57.8%), and Portugal (-56.2%).

    Following was Spain which, with a 54.6% drop has lost its top ranking in Europe for number of presences to Italy (in top place in 2021) and Germany (in second place).

    On the first nine months of 2021, the provisional date from Italy show a less negative trend than the European average compared with 2019, with presences down by 38.4% and arrivals by 46.5%.(ANSAmed).

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