Tourism is an important resource for the national economy, and the statistics presented here illustrate our Country's capacity to attract and accommodate tourists in Italy that is characterised by a wealth, in terms of territorial variety and extension, of coastal and mountain areas, both in the Alps and the Apennines.
In 2017 in Italy there were 204,903 units of accommodation establishments with over 5 million bed-places, with an increase in comparison to 2016 equal to respectively 14.8% and 1.9%. Hotels and similar establishments, on the other hand, amounted to approximately 32,988 units, showing a slight decreasing trend compared to 2016 with little over 2.2 million bed-places (also decreasing for the second year in a row); the number of other accommodation establishments was equal to 171,915 units with nearly 2.8 million bed-places (increasing by 3.9%).
Out of the entire range of tourist accommodation establishments operating in Italy, about 123.2 million arrivals were recorded; nights spent accounted for 420.6 million also showing a growing trend. The average length of stay in accommodation establishments was 3.41 nights, a figure slightly decreasing compared to the previous year, with decreasing values for both residents in Italy and for residents abroad. This pattern is in line with the trend recorded since 2005 that showed a steadily decrease of the average length of stay (0.61 nights less).
In 2017 trips with at least one overnight stay made by Italian residents in Italy for business or holiday purposes reached 53,647,000 with total 291,108,000 nights. 92.1% of these were made for holiday and the remaining 7.9% for business. In terms of overnight stays, 96.3% of the nights spent in accommodation establishments were for holidays and 3.7% for business trips. The average length of stay in Italy was 5.7 and 2.6 nights for holiday and business trips, respectively.