Is taxing visitors to counter overtourism a sustainable solution? - Part 1

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Published on 29/04/24 - Updated on 29/04/24

Surtourisme Venise

There's been a lot of talk recently about Venice's new entry tax. It's an announcement that has prompted reactions from both tourism professionals and travellers themselves, who are the first to be affected by this tax. The problem of overtourism facing the Serenissima is not new, and it is through the introduction of an ‘entry ticket’ that the city hopes to regulate tourist flows in the years to come. It's a decision that's not universally supported, and one that begs the question: is attacking visitors' wallets the best solution when it comes to curbing mass tourism?

Why is Venice introducing an entrance tax? We've all heard of tourist taxes, which are used to finance the costs of tourism in a destination, but now a new kind of tax is making its appearance in the City of the Doges: the entrance tax. At 5 euros, this measure is a world first. The aim of the tax...

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