Global tourism is rebounding strongly after the COVID-19 pandemic. A surge of tourists has prompted some of the tourist-flooded sites to introduce measures to curb overtourism.
Venice, the historic Italian city, will trial a ticketing system from spring next year. Day visitors 14 or older will be charged €5 to enter the city’s center. The entrance fee will be applied on 30 separate dates throughout 2024, many of them during spring and summer holidays. Officials said the move wasn’t financially motivated.They said it was to find “a new balance between the rights of those who live, study or work in Venice and those who visit the city.”
A similar policy went into place in Greece on September 4th. Visitor numbers to the famed Acropolis in Athens are being capped at 20,000 per day. People hoping to visit the cultural heritage site have to use a booking website to reserve a time slot in advance.