Tourists from Russia spent 50% less money in Italy in February 2015
The number of Russians who visited Italy in February 2015 decreased by 21.9% compared with the same month of the last year and amounted 50 thousand people. However, their total expenditure fell by 48.8%, from 86 million to 44 million euros, according to data released by the Bank of Italy.
The total number of tourists in Italy increased in February by 7.4% to 4.4 million people, including the tourists from the European Union (+ 7.5%), from the United States (+12.1%), from China (+66 7%), from Japan (+136.4%).
Officially, they have spent in February 1 billion 586 million euros which is 5.6% more than the year before. The most significant growth (+156.7%) recorded for the Japanese. EU citizens have brought to the Italian economy 838 million euros (+3.2%).
According to the Bank of Italy, the country's income from tourism is more than 34 billion euros per year, increasing on average by about 1 billion euros per year. Last year, Italy was visited by over 50 million foreign tourists.
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.