Published on : Wednesday, September 15, 2021
The final official count for the tourism industry of Italy during 2020 has come. According to the National Statistics Institute (ISTAT) of Italy, the drop done by the coronavirus was “drastic.”
As per the data released on Tuesday by the ISTAT, in 2020, overnight stays of international tourists plunged 54.6 per cent, Xinhua news agency reported.
Of domestic tourists, overnight stays have dropped by less, but were still down by 32.2 per cent compared to the year before.
ISTAT estimated that in Italy in 2020, international tourists spent 23.7 billion euros ($28.1 billion), around 35 billion euros less compared to 2019.
In 2020, the fall-off in tourism was alone accountable for a quarter of the broad drop in added value in 2020.
In March 2020, the coronavirus pandemic started creating wider impacts on its tourism sector, meaning the first two months more or less tracked levels from previous years.
Also, between June and August, there was slight revival, when restrictions related to travel were made easy and coronavirus infection rates dropped. However, between March and May and between September and the end of the year was quite strong to spark what ISTAT called “a drastic drop in tourism spending.”