ROME (dpa-AFX) – Despite the border openings, the tourist flow in Italy is a long time coming. “It’s not that we don’t see a significant number of tourists: we simply don’t see any tourists at all,” said Marina Lalli, president of the Federturismo Italian tourism association, in a video conference with international media on Wednesday. Foreign holidaymakers in particular were missing. They would probably not return until September or October, said Lalli. Most of the international guests currently come from Germany and Austria, mainly because the journey there is straightforward.
Italy has opened its borders to EU citizens and residents of the Schengen area since the beginning of June. The effect is limited. Cities like Venice, Rome or Florence suffer especially. These are popular with tourists from the USA or from China – it is still unclear when they can return to Italy./reu/DP/mis