Confindustria Alberghi: 2021 was worse than 2020

Maria Carmela Colaiacovo

Based on data from the Confindustria Alberghi observatory, 2021 closes with a room occupancy rate of -48.6%, with peaks in the cities of art, which hit -58% in Rome and -56.1% in Florence and with Venice and Naples respectively -57% and -43%. It is no better on the revenue front where the average loss reaches -55% with the cities of art standing at -65%.

The absence of international tourism weighs on the sector. This year, international arrivals – mostly Europeans – will stop at 36 million. A dramatic figure if we consider that over 60 million foreign travelers are missing compared to 2019, and that it has a strong impact on the accounts of the sector with a loss of 25 billion euros in tourist expenses. These are the dramatic results of a 2021 that presents operators with an even higher bill than the previous year.

Borders still closed, six months of almost total stoppage of activities, the stop to the winter season of the mountains, two good months for Italy of the sea and after some signs of improvement in September and October, driven by the excellent results of the vaccination campaign, with the arrival of the Omicron variant the abrupt halt that compromised the Christmas holidays and opened a new phase of uncertainty for the coming months. Unfortunately, these figures are in line with Istat surveys, which in the January-September period alone recorded a 36% decline in hospitality turnover.

The same goes for the Bank of Italy which noted the absence of 63% of international tourists and a drop in tourist spending by foreigners by well over 55%.

“Two years like these put our businesses to the hardest test, a difficulty further accentuated by the absence of aid which has not been renewed for companies in the sector since last July. On 16 December last, Italian hotel companies were asked to pay over 268 million IMU, as well as the full payment of the waste tax despite the fact that production is practically nil in consideration of such reduced activity. Not to mention the rents where companies have been left alone to face a cost that has become objectively unsustainable – declares Maria Carmela Coaliacovo, president of Confindustria Alberghi.

“Even the covid redundancy fund is running out, for many companies it runs out this same week and we are still not given any indication on how to proceed in the coming months in which we must necessarily be able to count again on this tool for the protection of workers and their families. Selective targeted urgent aid is needed for those companies that have recorded the greatest losses in this period and that see business continuity seriously jeopardized. In these 2 years, survival has been guaranteed by the use of credit but now it is no longer possible to proceed in the same direction, an aid system is needed to accompany businesses immediately and in the coming months! ” concludes the president Colaiacovo.

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Confindustria Alberghi: 2021 was worse than 2020