Istat presents provisional estimates of the main aggregates of tourism demand in Italy in 2012, based on the survey ‘Trips and holidays’ which has been conducted on a quarterly basis since 1997.
In 2012, trips with overnight stays made by residents were 78,703 million, corresponding to 501,059 million nights. Compared to 2011, there is a 5.7% decrease in the number of trips, while nights spent travelling remain stable.
In particular, trips for personal purposes, which accounted for 87.3% of the total, show a decline (-5.3%), although less marked than that observed between 2010 and 2011.
Business trips and overnight stays spent on business and personal trips remain stable.
The average durations of holiday and business trips, respectively equal to 6.9 and 2.9 nights, remain stable.
The majority of the trip, as usual, was carried out in the summer (43%), involving 41.6% of the tourists, without significant change compared to the same period in 2011. Also the average duration of long holidays (12.3 nights) remain stable during the summer.