(ANSA) - Rome, October 10 - More tourists spent money in Italy in the first seven months of this year than Italians spent on vacation outside the country, the Bank of Italy said Wednesday. In a monthly report on the balance of payments in international tourism, the central bank said the balance was positive for Italy in July, with 1,997 million euros spent in the country by visitors. From January to July, foreign visitors in Italy spent 18,259 million euros - an increase of 1.1% compared with the same period last year. This was also positive when compared with the spending of 11,223 million euros by Italians travelling outside the country, which marked a 1.8% decrease over the same period in 2011.
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