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“Positive flows, islands boom”, Assoturismo sees recovery. But the real test will be autumn

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There is a recovery in tourism, the flows are positive and the long Easter weekend has given us hope, but the real game will be played in the autumn. This is in summary what Vittorio Messina, president of Assoturismo Confesercenti, says to the Adnkronos, in commenting on the tourist season of 2022, also characterized by the boom of the islands, both domestic and foreign. “There is a recovery – explains Messina – but we must be objective in the analysis. We have resumed seeing significant tourist flows from the Easter weekend, with numbers that have given us hope for the summer season” and “seaside tourism is the second for type of importance and has never betrayed us. Also in 2020 we had, in the darkest period of the pandemic, almost five weeks of overbooking and in 2021 we went to six weeks. So the summer forecasts this year are great recovery and in some cases the demand exceeds the supply “but, he warns,” our hope is the month of September, when there will be a real test, because if the tourist flows are confirmed, then it will mean that we will have really embarked on the road to recovery “. As the president of Assoturismo says,” five or six weeks of overbooking do not allow us to recover the costs and losses that the supply chain has suffered in the 25 months of a pandemic with a crisis devastating. The data are positive, in this segment of the season the demand exceeds the supply but to speak clearly that everything is over is still early. “As for the islands, which this year according to the operators seem to be one of the most interesting destinations, Messina confirms : “They pull a lot. It is something we began to notice before Covid, in the summer of 2019. During the pandemic, with local tourism, Italians have rediscovered the pleasure of the islands and this is a very important signal. There is a resumption of presences in Sardinia and Sicily but also in the smaller islands “and, looking abroad,” in Spain the situation that is occurring is the same as in Italy. “Also the operators of the sector are optimistic – Looking at the months past, “March, April, May and June reached pre-Covid levels, with May and June surpassing them. The booking trend is very high. There is a desire to travel that I would dare to say almost irrational. “This is what Marco Ferrini, booking sales manager of the Cartorange network of consultants says.” A desire – he continues – which also clashes with requests that are not feasible. For example, requests for destinations where the climate is not ideal at the moment, but we are asked to go “. The islands also play the lion’s share, for which, Ferrini points out,” we are completely sold out. also and above all for long-range destinations. There is nothing left in French Polynesia, Zanzibar or the Maldives where we are out of season and yet in July and August they are packed, as are Mauritius and the Seychelles. As for the Mediterranean we have the Balearics, Minorca and Majorca above all, and there are islands in Greece where we no longer find even a pin, including the Cyclades, even those not served by direct flights are very full. So there is this trend of the islands “. And on the national front, adds Ferrini,” in Italy we have Sicily which is at the very high levels of last year and there is growth also for Sardinia, but more extended over time because it is very full even in September, where last year it was deflating “. In this scenario, explains Ferrini,” however, tourism is broken in half: many people are rushing to book “but” there and they are many who will book by date. The last minute is back, with requests in July for departures for July and we expect the same in August. There is a feeling that tourism was not ready for these numbers, it is as if a bottleneck had formed, with demand that is outstripping supply and it is the first time in the history of the sector. In order to fully satisfy demand again, we will have to wait for the whole of 2024 “, highlights. Tour operator Valtur, who confirmed by the CEO Giuseppe Pagliara’s voice, confirms:” We are experiencing a boom in requests at levels that are approaching to pre-Covid periods and in some cases even exceed them. All the tourists are not concentrating only in the month of August, but also in this July the response is really good. We confirm a great preference for the islands, Sicily, Sardinia and also a lot of Greece “.” I would like to underline – adds the CEO – that Puglia is also one of the most requested and appreciated destinations, so much so that our group is moving to preside over the assets important in iconic destinations of Puglia itself “.

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