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Following Barcelona, Venice limits hotel development within its city centre

Threatened by the havoc of mass tourism, the city of Venice wants to control hotel expansion within its city centre. Barcelona had already implemented equivalent measures a few months ago.

Last week, Venice's city council announced new measures aimed at addressing difficulties arising from mass tourism: they will prevent existing buildings from being converted into tourist accommodations, as well as prevent existing properties from being expanded.

However, the regulation would only affect the city centre, meaning hospitality development projects could still take place in Venice's suburban districts and islands.

There are no regulations in the works regarding private rentals; conversely, Barcelona has taken measures directly targeting AirBnB and HomeAway.

Tourism in Venice is the city's main industry and its main employment pool: millions of tourists visit The Floating City each year. However, numerous voices have spoken up against tourists' disrespectful behavior, as well as overcrowded areas and the havoc mass tourism wreaks on Venetian heritage. UNESCO even considers adding it to its list of endangered cities.

Also read:

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  • Venice: culture feeds the hotel industry
  • Italy: public properties and heritage sites in exchange for touristic investments
  • InterContinental Hotels & Resorts prepares to sail into Venice
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