The whole regional coastline extends from the city of Comacchio, in the province of Ferrara to Cattolica (Rimini) and counts 3500 hotels with 110thousand rooms. Hotels, the most popular ones being the three star ones, still absorb the main flow of tourism. However, the increasing costs rotating around holidays have driven tourists to search also alternative accommodation.
Most of the data are gathered by Nomisma, an independent company focusing on economic research and consulting services, in cooperation with local lifeguard co-ops and Legacoop Emilia Romagna, the association of local cooperatives. They provide evidence of the economic solidity of the entrepreneurial system linked to tourism, which has proven to survive the crisis better with respect to other sectors.
Currently, there is a European directive that can be seen as a direct challenge to this business. The Bolkestein directive imposes to auction the public concessions within 2015. "Because of Bolkestein, we experienced a drastic decrease in the propensity to invest of financial banks and enterprises," Mr Giovanni Monti, President of Legacoop, explained to Il Sole 24 Ore, stressing that the lack of new capitals may affect the capacity of innovating of Romagna's tourism industry.