Venice Planning Tourist Tax
With its crumbling canal-side palaces, churches and monuments, Venice gets some 20 million tourists a year, but the visitors don't provide enough revenue for repairs, officials say.
The Italian government has a draft plan that would allow Venetian authorities to charge a tariff. No amount has been set – but a previous proposal suggested one euro (about $1.39) for arriving cruise passengers.
Proponents of the plan include Italy's minister for public administration and innovation, himself a Venetian. The city's mayor is also backing the concept.
But some have argued in the past that such a tariff would make Venice seem like a theme park.
The tariff would apply to those flying into Marco Polo airport, arriving by train or disembarking from cruise ships – Venice has become an increasingly popular cruise port.
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