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Tourism less lucrative for March 2013 compared to 2012

Spending drops 8.2% by EU travellers in Italy

Tourism less lucrative for March 2013 compared to 2012

Rome, June 10 - Foreign tourist spending in Italy took a drop in March, down 3.2% to some five million euros, a report by the Bank of Italy said on Monday. Travellers from European Union countries dished out 8.2% less while non-Europeans spent slightly more, 3.2%, than the previous year. Italians abroad in general spent approximately 3.9 million euros, down 5.1% compared to the same time last year. Specifically, Italian tourists in EU countries spent 9% less and those in non-EU countries 1.9% less. Overall, Italy's balance of payments for tourism was in the red in March compared to the previous year, down to 513 million euros in respect to 561 million euros during the same time period 2012.

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