Italian hotel owners: shooting and Mr. Hyde.

During the seventy-third National Assembly of Federalberghi, which was held in Bergamo Brescia from 12 to 14 May 2023, there was talk of the recovery of tourism, as a driving force of the Italian economy, capable of generating wealth for other sectors.

According to Istat data (still provisional), in the course of 2022 Italian accommodation facilities recorded a total of 396 million visitors, improving compared to last year, but still showing a decrease of 9.3% compared to 2019, corresponding to 40,7 million fewer people.

In particular, as regards foreigners, there was a 12.8% decrease, equal to a 28.2 million decrease in attendance, while for Italians the decrease was 5.7%, corresponding to a 12.3 million decrease in attendance.

Moreover, according to data from the Banca d’Italia, the total spending of foreign tourists in Italy in 2022 amounted to approximately 42.1 billion euros, a decrease of 5% compared to 2019.

It was then addressed the theme of unregistered calls during the event Mr. Hyde, the double obscurity of Dr. Jekyll represented by regular hospitality, a phenomenon determined mainly by short-term rentals. A study conducted by Federalberghi with Sociometrics reveals that these presences account for 23.6% of tourist flows, but only 11.9% of tourist consumption. The economy generated by unrecorded presences manages to finance 137 thousand jobs (in the whole of the local economy), while the economy based on hotel presences manages to generate over a million people employed.

Finally, the secular problem of recruitment and the mismatch between labour supply and demand in terms of job profiles, qualifications and quantity was addressed.

The priorities of the sector are the reduction of the tax burden, investment support, the development of new services, the fight against illegal immigration, the modernisation of networks and infrastructure.

Article published in Travel Guide.

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