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.