Venice opens reservation system for booking entry to the city

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(CNN) – As a poster child for over-tourism, Venice is a city of long-growing lines, uncomfortable crowds and mushrooming RBNBs that are responsible for providing value to locals outside the city.

Proposed solution? To set up a booking system for Detrippers to become the first city in the world to require an entry fee, and only those with reservations were allowed to enter the city. The plan was announced before the epidemic, and then put on ice, as the city was devastated by a shortage of tourists.

Now, the city mayor has announced that visitors can make reservations this summer, starting January 2023, with an entry fee.

After a suffocating Easter weekend – in which 120,000 tourists swam to a city of 50,000 inhabitants on Saturday, the number rose to 158,000 on Sunday, according to data from the Smart Control Room, according to local police – Mayor Luigi Brugnaro announced that the reservation system was moving forward.

The booking system is “the right course to take for more balanced management of tourism,” he said Tweeted.

“We will be the first in the world for this difficult experiment.”

Simon Venturini, councilor responsible for tourism, told RAI, the state TV network, that in a week, the city would launch a “very easy and fast” portal for online bookings.

“It will be possible to book a day trip this summer, and in 2023 we will start contributing access,” he said.

Venturini said the epidemic has reflected city officials.

“Kovid made us realize that the everyday occurrence that Kovid had before is no longer acceptable – the mindset has changed, as has the sensitivity. [towards crowds]He said.

The booking system for 2022 will be on a voluntary basis, he announced – adding that visitors will be “encouraged” to use the portal, which includes queue-jumping statuses at various sites and museums. It will be run as a trial to implement the mandatory system in January 2023.

Having a booking system “will give us an opportunity to know how many people are expected for that day and to calibrate services by number.”

Large lines are being laid again for public transport in busy days. This last year The city employs armed guards To keep peace on the pontoons of crowded ferry boats.

Venturini said the portal would also flag people who want to change their minds.

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“We can say, ‘Dear visitor, we do not recommend coming on this date because he is Ferragosto. [August public holiday] Or Easter – there will be a lot of people so it will prevent you from visiting peacefully, and if you do it a week later you will enjoy your visit more, ”he said.

When the entry fee starts in January, it will range from € 3 ($ 3.25) on a quiet day to € 10 ($ 10.85) on a peak day.

Charges will only apply to Detrippers – anyone staying overnight in Venice is exempt. The idea is to stop the famous “hit and run” detrippers who come to town, spend less money on local businesses and leave their waste behind.

“Ours Borgi [walled towns] And historic centers actually suffer from excessive detrippers on certain days of the year, “said Venturini.

“The message we want to convey is that Venice is a city that lives elsewhere in a slow, different rhythm. And leave. “

He said visitors should take a “slower, more respectful approach”.

Venturini also predicted that Venice would not be the last to introduce the charge.

“I think many other European tanks that live with a significant number of detractors are looking to us to understand how they can be introduced. [a similar scheme]He said.

Venice may be the first city to introduce fees, but a village in Italy has already introduced a charge for Detrippers. Civita di Bagnoregio introduced a “symbolic” fee 50 1.50 ($ 1.67) in 2013.

The fee attracted visitors to such an extent that it increased from 40,000 in 2009 to 1 million in 2018.

Main image: Sebastian Kahnert / picture-alliance / dpa / AP Images

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