New tax for Venice tourists

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TOURISTS visiting Venice are in for a nasty surprise this year, as a tax of up to 10 euros per visitor is set to be slapped on them.

The new measure was contained in Italy’s 2019 budget. The tax will range from €2.50 to €10 euros per person, depending on whether visitors arrive in low or high season.

Venetians have long complained that day-trippers and cruise ship passengers enjoy all that the lagoon city has to offer without making much of an economic contribution.

Of the 24 million tourists who visit Venice each year, around 15 million are day-trippers.

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