Italy surpasses France to become second most popular destination for European tourists

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              ROME,July25(Xinhua)--ItalysaysithassurpassedFrancetobecomeEuropessecondmostpopulartouristdestination,aclaimthatshinesnewlightontheimportanceofthetourismsectorinthecountrysNationalTourismAgencysdatareleasedrecently,touristsfromEuropespentatotalof216millionnightsinItalyin2018,,atourismsectoranalystatsurveyfirmOpinioni,toldXinhuathatthetouristindustryisoneofthefewpartsoftheeconomystillgoingstrong."Mosteconomicsectorsarestagnant,buttouristarrivalcontinuestogrow,",accordingtodatafromItalysNationalStatisticsInstitute,withexports,industrialproduction,,ItalyremainsjustbehindFrancefortotalworldwidetouristvisits,with420milliontouristnights,comparedwith429millionforFrance,accordingtoItaly,asitisexpectedtobenefitfromanincreaseintouristsfromChinafollowingItaly,theNationalTourismAgencysaidthattouristsfromEuropespent42billioneuros()inItalylastyear,accountingforaround13percentofthecountry,thecountry"ThereisnodoubtthattourismhasbecomeoneofthemaineconomicdriversinItaly,"saideconomistJavierNoriegafrominvestmentbankHildebrandtandFerrarinaninterview."Theeconomywouldbeworseoffwithouttourism,buttourismalsorepresentsitsownsetofproblems."NoriegaswordswereechoedbyPaolaFagioli,headofthetourismdivisionwithinLegambiente,Italy,thearrivalofsomanytouristseachyearstressesthecountrysinfrastructureaswellastaxingtheculturalandhistoricalsitesthatdrawthetouristsinthefirstplace."Yes,touristsspendmoneyinthecountryandhelptheeconomy,buttheyalsoforcegovernmentstospendmore"onroads,publictransport,waterandwastetreatmentsystemsandothers,shesaid.。