The mayor of Venice Luigi Brugnaro has proposed May 1 as the start date for the city to begin charging access fees for day visitors entering the Unesco World Heritage Site. According to the proposal, the fee would be set at 3 euros for the rest of 2019 as an introductory rate. Starting in 2020, the fee would vary by demand. The basic fee would be 6 euros, rising to 8 euros on heavy traffic days and 10 euros on exceptionally busy days. The fee would be 3 euros on days of low inflow. Fines of between 100 and 450 euros would be assessed for violations.
Mayor Luigi Brugnaro received permission from the central government to impose the day tax as part of the country’s 2019 budget. The plan would have to be approved by the Venice city council by February 26 to take effect.
Calling the fee “an important turning point in the management of Venice’s tourist flows”, Brugnaro said the money is needed to manage waste, repair infrastructure and maintain visitor flows to the popular destination. Brugnaro said no one would be denied access but that it d be “more complicated for those who don’t book”.
By 2020 a pre-booking system should be introduced
The proposal suggests a pre-booking system for day visitors by 2022. Anyone planning to come for the day would give notice, helping to anticipate demand and set the daily fee. Venice attracts around 30 million people every year, with about 15 million visiting on day-trips without spending an overnight. According to Italian newspaper La Repubblica, the new charging system could generate 50 million euros a year, up from the 30 million a year the city currently makes from the tourist tax. In 2017, 10 million tourists paid the tourist tax. But the new fee, with day-trippers included, would be paid by around 27 million visitors.
Source: Travel Weekly and Travel Magazinex