Tourists told to book online to visit Venice in the future
Almaty. February 7. KazTAG- Tourists will find accessing Venice is more complicated unless they reserve ahead using an online booking system, reports Euronews.
It is part of measures announced by mayor Luigi Brugnaro to tackle a backlash in the popular Italian city against mass tourism.
Brugnaro said tourists will be encouraged to book ahead online from 2020.
The city will also ask visitors to pay a €3 fee from May 1 this year, which will rise to up to €10 in 2020 depending on the season.
But the measures have been criticised by Italy's tourism minister, Gian Marco Centinaio.
"It's a useless and damaging measure. Do we want to become a tourist-repelling country?" Centinaio asked on Twitter.
Brugnaro defended the new measure as "the only way to count the number of people visiting Venice" and said that "no one will be denied access, but it will it be more complicated for those who don't book".
"The goal is to make the city more livable" for residents and to "reduce the extraordinary costs" incurred by the city because of mass tourism such as waste collection and the maintenance of the city's heritage.
People who work or study in the city but live outside of it will be exempt from the fee, as will those visiting for medical or administrative purposes. Venice-born non-residents as well as people visiting family residing in the city are also expected to be exempt.
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