Venice postpones new tourist levy till 2022 over COVID-19 crisis

By TIN Media | International Published 1 month ago on 24 November 2020
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VENICE:

The City of Venice has announced that its attempts to rebound from the COVID-19 crisis that has destroyed tourist numbers would put off the introduction of a new levy on tourism.

“In light of the current situation, linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to make a big gesture to help encourage the return of tourists,” said Michele Zuin, the city councilor for budget issues, in a statement.

The tax on day trips exempt from the present tax on tourists staying overnight in Venice, officials said, would be implemented only on 1 January 2022.

Venice is always filled with visitors with its famous canals and the new tax was meant to help cover the cost of cleaning the city and keeping it safe.

Contrary to the present hotel or leased accommodation fee, it will refer to day-trippers and cruise ships.

But Venice became a wilderness earlier this year when coronaviruses reached Italy and the continuing restrictions worldwide continue to impact visitors.


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