Tourism, Calabria is struggling – Gazzetta del Sud


By John

Calabria is still off the tourist routes. Or at least these are the Istat estimates for 2023 based on the data communicated. «Compared to 2019, i.e. to pre-pandemic values, the regions in which tourist presences increased the most – with increases above 10% and decidedly larger than the national average (3.3%) – are Lazio, Lombardy and Sicily. However, only seven regions have not yet recovered the 2019 levels: Molise (-2%), Emilia-Romagna (-2.9%), Piedmont (-3.2%), Tuscany (- 4.3%), Campania (-8.7%), Basilicata (-15.1%) and Calabria (-18.3%)” we read in the Istat report published yesterday.
Our region is unable to take off and despite the percentage increase in attendance it is at the bottom of the national ranking, one of the few with a negative sign. And while for some time now the presence of tourists in the country has been one of the most positive signs also with a view to relaunching the economy, Calabria is floundering.
«In 2023, from the point of view of the distribution of presences by type of accommodation, the hotel sector hosted approximately 61% of the total presences. Land hotel accommodation facilities even absorb more than 70% of regional tourist presences in Calabria, Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Valle d'Aosta and in the two autonomous provinces of Trentino-Alto Adige. The non-hotel sector exceeds the hotel sector in terms of attendance only in three regions: Marche, Tuscany and Veneto”.