A first quasi-return to normality. This is how, with all the necessary precautions, the summer tourist season of the Aosta Valley could be defined.
“July was penalized a little by the climatic factor, which did not help us much, on the other hand, August did not disappoint expectations” says Filippo Gérard, president of Adava (the association of hoteliers in the Aosta Valley, linked to Federalberghi ), “It will be necessary, however, to see what the budget for the month of September will be. If it will be at the level of last year, when it was very good, or if it will be subdued ».
Valle d’Aosta, a region with about 125,000 inhabitants, was used to welcoming over 3 million visitors throughout the year with an economy almost entirely linked to the tourism sector, as Gérard recalls. Then Covid turned everything upside down.
While waiting for the final data for the summer season, the regional tourism department reminds us that “the impact of the cancellation of the last winter season was very heavy”. Particularly penalized “were above all those companies that had made investments to renovate the structures or those just born and then the bars and restaurants on the ski slopes”.
It is therefore normal that the expectations of the sector and the local economy were high. From his privileged observation point, the president of Ascom-Confcommercio Valle d’Aosta Graziano Dominidiato, gives “a positive opinion on the summer season both for Aosta and for the side valleys. We can say that we are on the way to a new normal. In general, the weather has facilitated the use of outdoor activities and the influx of tourists has also brought customers to collateral activities. We have found good satisfaction from the operators ».