International tourism

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The Bank of Italy has been conducting since 1996 a survey on international tourism, based on interviews and counting of resident and non-resident travelers at the Italian borders (road and rail crossings, international ports and airports).

The survey is conducted with the primary objective of compiling the "Travel" item (which includes goods and services purchased by individuals in countries where they are not residents, in relation to travels in those countries) and the "International passenger transport” item of the Italian Balance of payments, in line with the methodological conventions established by the sixth Manual of the IMF.

The surveys represents also a useful database for researchers and sectoral operators, thanks to the wide range of analytical data, which are available both in the form of monthly updates and at the micro level. As of July 2017 new yearly report is available, containing the main results of the Survey on International Tourism.

Analysis and methodology