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New Tax In La Serenissima

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A new hospitality tax recently went into effect in La Serenissima.  Overnight visitors are now coughing up money that “contributes to maintaining the beauty of Venice” and will go towards restoration of the city.  An estimated €8 million will be made in the remainder of 2011 and €23 million in the next two years.

 

The City Council says that the taxation is a way to make guests pay their way into a city where tourists can outnumber residents nearly three to one.  Based on the rating of lodging, the fee covers one room per night for up to five nights.  Campgrounds outside of the city will charge an additional three cents and five-star hotels in the city will charge an additional €5.  However, hostels are not included in the taxation.  Read more from ANSA.