Italy: tourism total contribution to GDP 2014-2028

Tourism is one of the main industries in Italy, which in 2017 represented roughly 13 percent of Italian gross domestic product. The contribution of tourism to the Italian economy has been constantly growing and it is predicted to reach roughly 268 billion euros in 2028.

Bella Italia

Great art, interesting culture, beautiful landscapes and excellent cuisine – these are just some elements of the Italian dolce vita which attracts millions of tourists every year. The capital of Italy, Rome, recorded over 9.5 million arrivals of international tourists in 2018 and its emblematic monument, the Colosseum, was the sixth most instagrammed tourist attraction in Europe in 2017.

Italy, the third most popular tourist destination in Europe

In 2017, Italy ranked third on the European podium of countries with the largest number of international tourist arrivals, following the two leaders of the ranking, France and Spain. In the considered year, the spending of foreign visitors amounted to roughly 27.7 billion U.S. dollars.

Total contribution as a share of GDP of the tourism industry in Italy from 2014 to 2028

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Release date

March 2018



Survey time period

2014 to 2028

Supplementary notes

Data from previous years were taken from past publications.
* Forecast.

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