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The City of Venice Will Soon Start Charging Tourists an Entrance Fee

It will be the first Italian city to do so.
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  • Venice, Italy will soon begin charging visitors for entrance into the city.
  • The move comes amid concern that Venice can't sustain current tourism levels, unless it raises more revenue for maintenance.

    Seven years after the city began taxing overnight guests, Venice will now charge day-trippers as well.

    The city's mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, said that the fee would "protect those who live, study and work in our territory," according to the Independent. "It will help us to better manage the city, to keep it clean, to offer innovative services to guests and to make the Venetians live more decorously."

    The visitation fee is a natural outgrowth of measures instituted in the spring of 2018. Back then, Venice installed crowd-control turnstiles, which limit the flow of people into the city center during periods of overcrowding. These turnstiles will likely be used to collect the new visitation fee, per the Daily Beast.


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    A view of the 1975 Venice Regatta

    This new fee is largely targeted at cruise ship tourists, a numerous group that generates concern about "over-tourism," but doesn't contribute to the local economy: they spend very little during their quick visits, as they usually eat and sleep on the ship. Although the city has admitted that it may be harder to collect the new fee from tourists who arrive by plane or rail, Venice will still achieve its main goal of raising funds from cruise ship passengers.

    The city is planning on rolling out the fee before this year's peak tourist season, and the cost will fluctuate depending on the time of year. According to the BBC, the city will charge between €2.50 to €5 ($2.83 to $5.66) per person, although the cost may rise to €10 ($11.32) during the summer. In total, the new fee could generate $56.6 million in revenue.

    *This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

    *Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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