If you are planning to visit Venice in the near future, be ready to shell out a fee of 10 euros (RM 46.95) even if your trip is for a day. The city has recently introduced an entry fee for short-stay visitors. As per the latest reports, this step has been taken to curb the issue of growing tourism.
It is expected that this move will help boost city’s local economy. The issue of overcrowding stems from the fact that cruise ship holidaymakers and day-trippers, who land in the city for less than 24 hours, don’t tend to spend money on restaurants and hotels, which eventually does not contribute to tourism industry at all.
Therefore, the new entry fee will especially target these day trippers and cruise ship holidaymakers. From now on, a visitor will have to pay a minimum fee of 2.50 euros (RM 11.74), which is expected to rise between 5 to 10 euros during the peak months. And this new development is expected to generate 50 million euros a year as compared to 30 million euros that Venice currently makes from tourist taxes.
The decision to introduce an entry fee comes in the wake of UNESCO’s announcement that referred to its plans of considering Venice in the list of endangered heritage sites. As of now, the city is formulating plans to manage the crowd and keep the streets clean, and also enhancing facilities for visitors and guests. -TIMES TRAVEL