Puglia in the first 10 months of 2022 has, in some cases, already exceeded the tourist data of 2019, the pre-pandemic year of Covid. The data were presented today by the Regional Councilor for Tourism Gianfranco Lopane and by Pugliapromozione. From January to October 2022, 3,902,400 arrivals and 14,956,400 overnight stays were recorded with a trend of -1% for arrivals but +1% for overnight stays compared to the same period of 2019, a result driven by the recovery of international tourism and the good performance of the summer months.
The tourist movement from abroad to Puglia in 2022 increased by +7% for arrivals and +11% for overnights compared to the pre-pandemic period. On the other hand, the national tourist movement contracted (-3% arrivals and -2% overnights). The internationalization rate, i.e. the share of foreigners on total travellers, has reached 30% for arrivals and 27% for presences (in 2019 it was 28% and 25%).
Compared to 2021, arrivals and overnight stays have grown respectively by +26% and +12%. The foreign component is̀ almost doubled over the course of a year: +110% arrivals and +89% overnight stays..
The national tourist movement increased by +7% for arrivals against a reduction of -3% for overnights. Bari is the province that in the first 10 months of 2022 welcomed the largest number of foreign tourists (36%), followed by Lecce (26%) and Brindisi (15.6%). The journeys of Apulians within the region grew by +2%, with 709,000 arrivals and 2.2 million overnight stays. Tourist flows from traditional Italian markets such as Lazio, Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia Romagna and Piedmont contracted in a range between -5 and -10%. On the other hand, in 2022 compared to 2019, arrivals from Campania and the provinces of Trento and Bolzano increased.CopyAMP code