One of the most popular tourist destinations in the world will charge an entrance fee

Venice may become the first city in the world to charge entrance fees from tourists, CNN reported today (Friday). According to the report, the city authorities were looking for a solution to the visitor congestion that plagued the city and as a result made it crowded. Local police reported that over the past weekend more than one hundred thousand people visited the city of about fifty thousand residents

The Mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugenaro, has announced that visitors can make bookings starting this summer as a trial and entrance fees will take effect from January 2023. The payment, which will stand at about ten euros, will be charged through a booking system set up for one-day trips , And only those who have an invitation will be able to enter. “The reservation system is the right way for more balanced management of tourism and we will be the first in the world,” the mayor said. A senior official at the municipal tourism bureau told the state television network that within weeks the city would launch a “very simple and fast” portal for online bookings.

Tourism restarts a #Venezia❤️
A breath of fresh air for operators.
Today many have understood that making the City bookable is the right way to take, for a more balanced management of tourism.
We will be the first in the world in this difficult experimentation💪😃 pic.twitter.com/XmTOptMfG0

– Luigi Brugnaro (@LuigiBrugnaro) April 18, 2022

“This summer it will be possible to book day trips, and in 2023 we will start charging entrance fees. This plan was actually announced even before the outbreak of the Corona, but was then suspended due to the extensive damage to Italy due to the lack of tourists. She said she added that visitors would be offered “incentives” to use the portal, including queuing priority for various sites and museums.

In addition, the city is concerned about the possibility that UNESCO will declare that the city is a world heritage site at risk. Due to individual threats and their cumulative effects. ”

One of those “threats” are the cruise ships that continue to sail in the lagoon, in the historic city center, even though the Italian government has ruled that they should be banned. The central government passed an order in March that would result in a ban on large ships, including cruise ships, from the lagoon, and demanded that tenders be opened for a future port outside the lagoon.

Protest against cruise ships in Venice, Italy (Photo: REUTERS / Manuel Silvestri)
Venice may be the first city to charge an entrance fee, but a town located in the center of the country began charging a “token” fee of 1.50 euros in 2013. The mayor planned this as a marketing move to attract tourists to his village on a crumbling cliff, known as the “dying city”. Thanks to its geographical location and medieval architecture, the town is a destination of many tourists. In January last year, the mayor submitted a proposal to UNESCO to define the city as a World Heritage Site.

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