Entry fee for Venice postponed

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The planned new tourist entry fee for Venice has been put off from September 1st to January 1st next year.

The delay came following months of discussions between city hall and tourism operators.

Authorities announced the fee, of between 2.5 and 10 euros depending on the season, in December 2018.

Airlines and coach companies would be expected to pass on the new tax in their charges.

When the so-called “landing fee” was initially announced, authorities said the charge would cover all visitors, whether they are staying overnight or not.

However, city mayor Luigi Brugnaro has since told local media that the charge would apply to day trippers only.

Venice attracts thousands of day trippers in the peak summer months, including large numbers of cruise ship passengers, who escape the existing city tax charged by accommodation providers.

City officials estimated in December that the proposed new tax could bring in 50 million euros a year, which Brugnaro said would cover “the cost of cleaning the historic centre and its security,” and would “help us keep Venice clean and allow Venetians to live more comfortably.”

Other recent measures aimed at curbing over tourism in the city have included trialling a turnstile system and suggesting that visitors should book entry to the city in advance.

 

Via The Local Italy

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