RomeMcClatchy-Tribune Regional News
Sept. 06, 2012--ROME -- Guests in recession-hit Italy's hotels fell during the first eight months of the year, especially Italians, according to a report.
Between January and August, the number of people staying in hotels dipped 2.6 percent and shrank 5.6 percent from the same period of 2011, national association Fedalberghi reported Thursday.
Foreign tourists increased as a proportion of hotel guests in the Bel Paese by 1.2 percent compared with the same period last year, according to Federalberghi.
Italian hotel guests plunged nearly 9 percent in July -- Italy's hottest month -- although foreigners nudged up 0.2 percent.
Hotels had 6 percent fewer guests in July and August overall compared with the same period last year, although the number of foreigners climbed 1.1 percent, Federalberghi said.
Italy's economy has contracted for the past four quarters as tax hikes, tough public spending cuts and pension reforms aimed at cutting a vast sovereign debt have dented consumer spending.
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