Christmas holidays, Italy better Nine out of ten choose to stay – Chronicle

Christmas holidays, Italy better Nine out of ten choose to stay – Chronicle
Christmas holidays, Italy better Nine out of ten choose to stay – Chronicle

ROME Now more than ever, as already this summer, it will be Italian holidays. And not only for what was said yesterday by the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza (“I’m for the holidays in Italy”). “The Italian market – observes the president of Federalberghi, Bernabò Bocca – is pulling a lot, as we saw in the Ognissanti bridge when, out of 10.5 million Italians who took the opportunity to make a trip, 90.5% of these chose Italy. After all, besides being a splendid destination, we are the country in the best position for the pandemic and therefore the choice is also based on solid scientific data. It is beautiful and it is safe “. “It is no coincidence – announces Bocca – for the Christmas holidays the bookings for the mountain resorts are very good, in line with those of 2019, so before the pandemic while the cities of art lack tourism for a long time …

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Now more than ever, as already this summer, it will be Italian holidays. And not only for what was said yesterday by the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza (“I’m for the holidays in Italy”). “The Italian market – observes the president of Federalberghi, Bernabò Bocca – is pulling a lot, as we saw in the Ognissanti bridge when, out of 10.5 million Italians who took the opportunity to make a trip, 90.5% of these chose Italy. After all, besides being a splendid destination, we are the country in the best position for the pandemic and therefore the choice is also based on solid scientific data. It is beautiful and it is safe “. “It is no coincidence – announces Bocca – for the Christmas holidays reservations for mountain resorts are very good, in line with those of 2019, so before the pandemic, while long-distance tourism for cities of art is lacking”. An increase in flows is expected for the Christmas holidays, including foreign tourists. According to Eurocontrol, air traffic, which in August was 71 and September was 73% of pre-Covid levels, could rise to 90%, thanks above all to the resumption of internal flights and between European countries.

“The trend in bookings this autumn – observes the president of ENIT, Giorgio Palmucci – also gives hope for December. The flows booked in September from all markets are positive. Bookings from the US are on the rise (+78.2 % compared to 2020). Excellent result from Spain (+ 213.3%) “. But Russia is also moving, although still closed to tourism, not business, residents or health, which marks a + 18%. “Overall – continues Palmucci – bookings to Italy have grown by + 103.4% since November. However, the cities of art linked to long haul tourism, which is slowly recovering, are still suffering. moreover, a recovery of domestic and local tourism, therefore of purely Italian and European tourists. And this trend of domestic tourism is prevalent until Christmas “.

Speranza’s announcement, on the other hand, throws tourism leaving Italy into uncertainty, just now that it was struggling to recover. The 6 tourist corridors opened on 22 October (Aruba, Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Dominican Republic and the Red Sea with Sharm El Sheikh and Marsa Alam) gave important signals. “The six destinations – observed in Astoi Confindustria, the association of tour operators – are doing well, especially Egypt which is nearby and quite cheap, but the Maldives are also growing”.

The list D countries of the decree also go well, for which it is possible to avoid quarantine if vaccinated and buffered (among these the USA, the Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Israel, Ukraine, Chile, Canada and Japan). Now the possibility of possible restrictions risks cooling this market, even if from today the United States reopens to international tourism (just be vaccinated and with a swab). “The reopening of the United States – observes Andrea Mele, vice president of Astoi – was welcomed with great favor by the Italian public: there is a great desire to vacation, to travel and obviously the United States is a very important destination for Italian tourists, but we expect that on December 15, when the prohibition decree expires, not only will there be no restrictions but it will open to other destinations such as Thailand, Morocco, Turkey, Brazil, French Polynesia “. And also the rest of Egypt, Mexico, Indonesia, Cuba.

“Before Covid – recalls the president of Assoutenti, Furio Truzzi – 3.5 million Italians gave themselves a holiday abroad during the Christmas and New Year holidays, generating a total cost of approximately 4.5 billion euros”. “We are in favor of encouraging holidays in Italy – continues Truzzi – but Covid cannot be used as a weapon for the government’s tourism policies. At a time when tourism is struggling to recover from the crisis generated by Covid, and the operators of the sector have resumed work thanks to the desire of Italians to leave, any restrictions on travel abroad could destroy part of the business generated by the holidays at the end of the year, with inevitable consequences for the companies in the sector and for the economy “.

Alessandro Farruggia

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