(ANSA) – ROME, DECEMBER 04 – Uncertainty slows the restart of tourism, but does not cancel the Immaculate Conception. Between 4 and 8 December, Italian accommodation facilities should register 4 million overnight stays, even if many rooms remained empty: the occupancy rate of the available rooms is in fact 62%, 14 points less than in 2018, the last bridge before -Covid (in 2019 December 8 was Sunday). It emerges from the estimates drawn up by the Florence Tourist Studies Center for Assoturismo Confesercenti on the basis of a survey carried out on the online tourism promo-marketing portals.
The containment measures for the rise of infections remove the hypothesis of new further restrictions, but the situation in the sector always remains very complicated even if for now a significant share of demand does not give up on the planned trip. The best results emerged for some regions of the North (Piedmont, Valle d’Aosta, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna) and of Central Italy (Lazio and Tuscany).
For the other regions, on average, the results stand at values close to 60%, with the exception of Abruzzo, Molise, Basilicata, Calabria and Sicily, which fall below this threshold. The greatest flow of visitors will be recorded in the cities / art centers – which see 7 out of 10 rooms occupied – but interesting values would also be seen for the lakes and mountain resorts.
“The uncertainty caused by the return of the Covid emergency is making its effects felt also on the domestic market” explains Vittorio Messina, President of Assoturismo Confesercenti. “After blocking or almost blocking the arrivals of foreign tourists, the fear of the fourth wave (and the shadow of possible restrictions) – he adds – also begins to slow down the demand from Italian travelers. A blow to the recovery of the sector, which after the good summer performance saw a gradual deterioration in prospects. There is a need to do more to support the supply chain: the sector risks a new de facto stop, it is urgent to extend aid for businesses and protection for workers “. (HANDLE).
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