International tourism in Italy has grown rapidly in the last years, up to 210.7 million overnights in 2017, +32% since 2009. Moreover, Italy is the top international destination in the Schengen Area for Extra European Countries, with a signi cant growth from emerging markets. We asked Maria Elena Rossi – Director of Marketing and Promotion – ENIT (Italy’s DMO) how trends are evolving
The trend is confirmed in 2018 and 2019 forecast from big data. Together with volumes, our key performance indicators are based on value growth: total expenditure of international tourists reached 39,2 billion euro in 2017 and the first 10 months of 2018 confirm a 10% growth of international expenditure.
Please tell us a little more about your marketing strategy and promotional initiatives for 2019. Are you spotlighting any specific regions this year?
ENIT promotes Italy as a global tourist destination both by marketing the different Regions and destinations and by developing a sustainable and balanced distribution during the whole year. Our strategy is focused on value growth, which implies market segmentation, investments both in leisure and the meeting industry, a stronger support for areas with potential, in particular Southern Italy. Matera being the European Cultural Capital in 2019 is an excellent opportunity to develop a value offer on the international markets of less known destinations. 2019 is the Italian year for slow tourism, focusing on our extraordinary and unique soft skills, food and wine, cultural and artistic heritage. Also, special interests such as cycling, hiking, golfing and, in general, active holidays are growing fast and are consistent with the sustainable development and value growth of Italian tourism in the Alps, the Apennines and the Italian Islands.
How are you celebrating ENIT’s 100th birthday?
This year we celebrate Leonardo da Vinci, which will inspire us to market innovative products on mature and emerging markets. Innovation and creativity will be part of all our marketing activities around the world, under the claim ‘Italy, A beauty to treasure’. Our contribution to a sustainable tourism development in Italy is the best way to celebrate 100 years of our national tourist board.
How important is ITB Berlin for ENIT in terms of reaching international trade and press?
At ITB Berlin, ENIT will participate together with 16 Italian regions and hundreds of professionals. It represents the most significant opportunity for networking and for consolidating business partnerships with international trade, focusing on Germany, which is the main international inbound market for Italy
Hall 1.2 / Stands 108,108a-c, 117, 119, 212
Hall 4.1 / Stand 106