Italy boosts travel industry with new visa-free policy for 64 countries including Schengen, US, UK – Travel And Tour World

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Italy’s visa waiver policy has now expanded to 64 countries, including Schengen countries, significantly strengthening the country’s travel and tourism sector. This comprehensive approach caters to a variety of travel needs, including business and corporate travel, leisure and vacation purposes. The policy aims to streamline entry procedures, encourage an influx of multicultural tourists, and spur economic growth through increased visitor spending. This strategic move not only simplifies travel logistics, but also positions Italy as a welcoming destination for a wide range of international travelers, further enriching Italy’s cultural fabric and economic vitality.

According to a report by the Italian Statistical Institute (ISTAT), in 2023 Italy will welcome more than 134 million tourists and over 450 million overnight stays. At the beginning of 2024, the number of international tourists increased by 7.4% compared to the same period last year, reaching about 5.1 million. By March 2024, accommodation facilities in the country will have received about 8.1 million visitors from international and domestic tourists combined.

Throughout 2024, spending patterns between Italy’s regions varied widely due to economic differences. Northern regions, especially Lombardy and Veneto, saw large industrial investments with GDP per capita exceeding €40,000 each. Meanwhile, central regions such as Tuscany and Lazio, with per capita spending averaging around €30,000, excelled in tourism and technology. In contrast, southern regions such as Sicily and Calabria faced economic hurdles with per capita spending below €20,000, despite advances in agritourism and renewable energy. This disparity highlighted Italy’s economic divide from north to south and triggered government efforts to balance the regional economies.

List of countries that can travel to Italy without a visa

Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, South Korea, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, United Arab Emirates, Georgia, Japan, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong SAR, Solomon Islands, Israel, Kiribati, Kosovo, Malaysia, Macau SAR, North Macedonia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius,Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Nauru, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis (Saint Kitts and Nevis), United Kingdom, Samoa, Saint Lucia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, United States of America, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Taiwan, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, France.

U.S. citizens are permitted to enter Italy for tourism and business purposes without a visa.

Italy is renowned for its vibrant festivals and events, offering tourists a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the country’s rich cultural traditions.

In 2023, Kappa Future Festival in Turin made waves by attracting large numbers of participants from around the world. Known for cutting-edge urban electronic music, the festival attracted around 85,000 attendees from over 100 countries and established itself as one of the top five European summer festivals with its dynamic performances and vibrant atmosphere.

Italy celebrates a wide variety of festivals, including food, culture, traditions, religion, art, music, wine and sport.

Italy’s travel and tourism sector showed robust growth last year, injecting €215 billion into the national economy. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), this trend is expected to continue, with the sector projected to contribute more than €223 billion in 2024. Employment in the sector is also expected to grow, supporting 100,000 additional jobs, reaching around 3.1 million. Spending by international visitors is expected to set a new record in 2024, reaching an estimated €56.7 billion, while domestic spending could reach €119 billion. In 2023, the sector will generate around 185,000 jobs, while foreign spending will grow by 19% to €51.4 billion.

Milan Malpensa Airport serves as Italy’s main airport. In April 2024, the airport’s traffic increased by 10.70% year-on-year, handling 2.353 million passengers.

Economically, the service sector, including tourism, banking and retail, is crucial to Italy’s economic health. Italy’s fascinating cultural heritage and picturesque landscapes have made it one of the world’s leading tourist destinations, significantly boosting the country’s revenues. In 2023, the Italian economy grew real GDP by nearly 1%, while private consumption increased by 1.2% due to improving labor market conditions. Investment remains the main driver of the recovery, with the services sector growing by 1.6%, construction by almost 4% and manufacturing continuing to expand.

The Italian hotel market was a hotspot for investors in the first quarter of 2024, with €330 million invested in famous resort and art cities. Investor confidence remains high and there are hopes that the hospitality industry’s performance will normalize after the extraordinary increase in the price per room in recent years.

Places of interest in Italy: The Colosseum in Rome, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, Vatican City with the Vatican Museums, Lake Como and the Amalfi Coast.

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