CruiseNew ‘landing tax’ set to be introduced in 2019.

Venice to slap entry fee on cruise visitors

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Hundreds of cruise ships moor in Venice every year, landing more than a million passengers.
Hundreds of cruise ships moor in Venice every year, landing more than a million passengers. Photo Credit: Anyaivanov/GettyImages

The BBC reports that Italy's budget for 2019 has a clause enabling Venice to impose the fee, which will especially target day-trippers arriving on cruise ships.

Venice has been cleared to introduce an entry fee of up to €10 (US$11.50) for short-stay tourists.

The BBC reports that Italy's budget for 2019 has a clause enabling Venice to impose the fee, which will especially target day-trippers arriving on cruise ships.

Hundreds of cruise ships moor in Venice every year, allowing over a million passengers to see the city's sights.

Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said the "landing tax" would generate much-needed income to keep the city clean.

It is expected to be set at €2.50 to €5 per person, but at peak times in the summer it could rise to €10. Venice plans to have the tax in place for the 2019 high season.

It will apply only to tourists, but it is not clear whether it will replace a city tax already levied on hotel occupants. That tax brings in about €30m (US$34.4m) annually, but the "landing tax" could generate more - an estimated €50m, the BBC said.


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