International tourist arrivals in Italy H1 2018, by country of origin

From January to June 2018, most international arrivals in Italy came from Switzerland. According to the research, about 6.2 million Swiss tourists visited the country over the considered period. Arrivals from France and Germany also recorded significant figures. Indeed, roughly 6 million tourists from each of these two countries traveled to Italy in 2018. On the other side, only 215 thousand Japanese visited Italy during the first six months of the year.

Tourism: an increasing profitable source for Italy

From 2014 to 2019, international tourists’ spending in Italy constantly increased. Whereas in 2014 incoming tourism generated approximately 36.3 billion euros, in 2019 the international tourists' spending produced about 43.7 billion euros. Similarly, the total contribution of travel and tourism to the GDP in Italy also followed a positive tendency. Indeed, in 2014 the tourism’s contribution to the GDP amounted to 197 billion euros. Then, in 2019 this figure rose to about 237.8 billion euros.

The positive impact of tourism on employment in Italy

Tourism in Italy generated a positive impact on employment. In fact, the number of jobs produced by the direct contribution of tourism to employment increased from 2014 to 2019. Moreover, forecasts for the following years seem to confirm this increasing trend. If in 2014 tourism produced approximately 1.34 million job offers, it is predicted that this sector will generate about 1.69 million job opportunities in 2029.

Number of international tourist arrivals in Italy from January to June 2018, by country of origin

Number of tourist arrivals in thousands
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Release date

January 2019



Survey time period

H1 2018

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