Monday, June 12, 2017

Venice Bans New Hotels in Tourist Crackdown; Pushes to Limit No. of Tourists, Over 60K Daily

As part of a continued effort to protect the famous canal city from runaway tourism, authorities in the Italian city of Venice said they will prevent a new holiday accommodation from opening in the city's center, the Telegraph (British) website reports today (June 12, 2017).

Massimiliano De Martin, Venice's councilor for urban planning, submitted the plan to the mayor's office and described the measure as essential "for the protection of the city."

He said hotels were taking over residential buildings in Venice, pushing locals out and "running the risk of impoverishing the city's social fabric."

Some 22 million tourists visit Venice annually; that's more than 60,000 a day, which is greater than the population of the city.

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