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15/01/2013 Tourism and Destinations

In 2012 Italian hotels registered a +1% in foreign inbound tourism

This is the only positive data regarding the Italian hotel industry at year end: an increase of  +1% of foreign overnight stays compared to  2011.  In contrast, the presence of Italian tourists showed a 5.4% decrease.  This information comes from a report produced by the dataset of  Federalberghi, the National association that represents Italian hotels.

According to the survey conducted by Federalberghi,  2012 registered a variation of  -2,5% in terms of the number of recorded nights spent by Italian and foreign tourists at Italian hotels, equal to 7 million overnight stays less ,a drop of 3 billion euros in terms of turnover and a 10% decrease in the revenues of accommodation facilities.

However, although the domestic tourist market is in difficulty due to the economic crisis and fiscal pressure, according to Bernabò Bocca, President of Federalberghi, foreign customers have continued to choose Italy “as the ideal destination to spend a holiday”-

In particular, foreign arrivals registered record increases in February (+9.7%), January (+9.2%), March (+8.6%) and November (+6.6%).  By contrast, only three months showed a negative trend (April, June and September).

Federalberghi’s Presidents is optimistic about 2013:  “The overall data registered for 2012 by the permanent observatory of our Studies Centre is definitely negative and yet, by looking at the international context, there are signs that things are beginning to move in a positive direction.”  

According to Bernabò Bocca, the slow-down of the spread, the stabilization of financial markets and the reduction in inflation taxes, should kick-start tourist consumption. “We are hoping to see a recovery in the tourist spend of Italian foreign families in 2013, driven by rates that have remained unchanged for the past three years and commercial offers that are increasingly enriched by additional services".


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