Tourism is one of the most important economic activities and sources of employment in the region of Puglia. During 2001, 2 091 290 tourists visited Puglia, of which 277 803, or 13,3%, were foreigners. In that same year, 9 589 618 overnight stays were recorded, of which 1 411 793, or 14.7%, were those of foreign tourists. The average length of stay for tourists in the region during 2001 was 4.6 days. The receptive tourism infrastructure in the period from 1989 until 2001 was dominated by hotels (775), most of which have two, three and four stars, and which experienced a slight decrease as dominant receptive facilities in favour of complementary facilities (684). The number of persons employed in tourism increased steadily between 2000 and 2002, the greatest growth being 11.6% in 2002, while in 2003 Puglia experienced a slight decrease in the number of employed in tourism of –0.6%. In 2002 Puglia experienced a 10% increase in the number of overnight stays. The structure of the tourism industry has changed dynamically in the region, so that it is now important to mention the growing and expanding segment of agrotourisms and its importance for the region of Puglia.