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Venice to bring back entry fee for daytrippers to combat overtourism

November 19, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A picture taken on June 9, 2019 shows the Basilica of San Marco and the bell tower of San Marco in Venice. - Thousands of people took to the streets in Venice on June 8, 2019, calling for a ban on large cruise ships in the city following last week's collision between a massive vessel and a tourist boat. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP) (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

Italy's canal city announces it will charge tourists to enter if they're not staying the night. The move to limit overtourism was postponed because of the pandemic but will now start in January 2022.

So badly, in fact, and in such quantities, that the city had decided to start charging daytrippers an entry fee, in a bid to stop the "hit-and-run" tourism of up to 30 million people a year.

The fee system was due to be introduced this summer, but was postponed indefinitely thanks to the evisceration of Venice's economy when visitor numbers plummeted because of the pandemic.

The city's authorities have confirmed that the fee for anyone entering Venice without an overnight reservation will be launched on January 1, 2022.

The city -- whose economy is largely based on tourism -- has suffered hugely during the pandemic, with swathes of shops and restaurants closing.

The "contributo di accesso," or access fee, will be priced according to how busy the city is in a bid to dissuade people from entering on peak days, thereby spreading them out throughout the season.

Visitors staying overnight in the city are exempt, a move to encourage people to spend the night, thereby putting more money into the economy.

Calling his announcement part of a plan to "relaunch the city's economy," Zuin said that the next 14 months will be spent developing the system that will allow people to reserve their slots ahead of time.

And although some residents have protested at the erection of turnstiles separating locals and tourists on busy days, and have compared the ticketing system to turning the city into a theme park, mayor Luigi Brugnaro, who has spearheaded the plans, won re-election in September.

Around 70% of Venetian residents have left the city in the past 70 years -- largely, it is thought, because of the economy turning towards tourism.

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