See Venice – and pay three euros. But the city, which will soon be hosting tourists, is not the only destination that wants to control the onslaught with fees. An overview of Bali to Spitsbergen.
In fact, relatively speaking, there are only a few places in the world that are overrun by tourists. However, these are overwhelmed by visitor numbers, which often exceed the number of inhabitants many times: The locals feel threatened by too many people, too much garbage, rising prices and often ignorant behavior of international visitors.
A regulation of the so-called Overtourism must – and this can be done by visitor guidance, also in the surrounding area – as in Barcelona and Amsterdam -, legal restrictions for example for Airbnb and new hotels. Or increasingly in the form of fees: as entry or exit tax, as a tourist tax, admission or eco tax. Here is an overview of projects that make traveling more expensive:
Venice: Admission for one day
Venice is currently causing a stir. Day tourists are expected to pay three euros for the popular lagoon city from May, the local council decided on Tuesday.
From next year, the amount will rise to six euros and on days with a particularly large rush to ten euros – or until the tourist rush abates. Because that is the goal: to protect the overcrowded world celebrity from too many tourists. Last year, turnstiles were installed in front of particularly busy parts of the city. Hotel guests are exempt from the entrance fee – they pay anyway a local tax, which is collected with the overnight stay.
Amsterdam: Eight euros for crusaders
Amsterdam suffers similarly from the love of visitors. In order to curb the number of tourists, there is already a guest tax of six percent of the overnight stay. It should be doubled step by step – the exact method is still pending. So that the “Toeristenbelasting” also reaches day visitors, Amsterdam has been collecting eight euros a day from cruise passengers since January. How car and bus tourists can also be prosecuted, one currently discusses.
Edinburgh: £ 15 million in the city treasury
Even cities in the second row are already fighting against: Edinburgh wants to be the first city in the UK to ask their guests to checkout. The City Council of the Scottish capital has decided to pay two pounds (about 2.28 euros) per night. Edinburgh hopes to receive additional revenue of around £ 15m from the tourist tax.
Norway: cashier at the cruise terminal
The travel trend is currently Norway: Everyone wants to see the untouched nature of the country. Not all locals are enthusiastic about it – the result is local tourist taxes against Overtourism in Lofoten and the North Cape. In order to reach the especially unloved daily guests, toll booths are planned on access roads as well as cash desks at cruise terminals. The already successfully installed coffers on Spitsbergen serve as a model: even those who come only during the day – and most of them are – have to pay 150 kroner, that is about 15 euros.
Italy: walk around 5 euros
Pay at the entrance: In Italy, the Apulian tourist destination Polignano a Mare turns on during the winter season, a wintry light spectacle and requires five euros from anyone who wants to walk through the colorfully lit streets. The small hamlet of Civita di Bagnoregio, perched on a tuff rock to the north of Rome, charges five euros a year all year round. The village has just ten inhabitants and is visited annually by about 800,000 tourists. The Apulian city of Alberobello, home to the cute Trulli houses, thinks about a similar earning opportunity. The place is flooded annually by around two million tourists.
Mexico and India: entrance to the landmark
How can you ask day visitors to checkout? The easiest way is to travel to a famous landmark. You hit the tourist tax on the entrance tickets. For example, the world-famous Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá, Mexico, are doubling their ticket prices: from 242 pesos (11.10 euros) to 480 pesos (around 22 euros). The 19 dollars for the Taj Mahal in India, which have been called for since the beginning of the year, are downright modest.
Eco tax: fee for waste disposal
The environment is all about Bali. There it is discussed whether the holidaymakers do not have to pay an eco tax in the future – as they did in 2016 on Mallorca. Ten dollars per visit could be due, so just under nine euros. How the money could be collected is still unclear, writes the “Jakarta Post” – either already when paying for the plane ticket or when entering the country. The proceeds will be used to finance environmental and cultural programs. Above all, Bali has a problem with plastic. On the island almost 4,000 tons of waste per day, and much more lands on the beach.
Visitors to the South Sea island of Palau also have to pay. The price of the plane ticket to the Pacific Island Kingdom hides the environmental fee of around 81 euros. If you come by ship, you pay on arrival.
Tanzania and Bhutan: due on arrival
Modern, digital, expensive: this triad is popular worldwide. Example Tanzania: The home of Kilimanjaro has just introduced an e-visa, which also applies to the island of Zanzibar. The price is between 44 and 220 euros and can be paid with all credit cards. Since also the new security fee of the equivalent of 4.25 euros is no longer noticeable – especially as it hides in the ticket prices.
Is it even more expensive? But sure, that’s what Bhutan has been doing for many years. In the self proclaimed “Kingdom of Happiness” in the Himalayas, a minimum exchange of $ 250 per day ensures that guests do not get out of hand.
Indonesia and Rwanda: watching animals? Only for a fee
This strategy of golden guests is outbid recently by Komodo, an island in the Indonesian island kingdom. There live the Komodo Warans, the “last dragons of the earth”. Anyone who wants to see them has paid nine euros so far. The fee is to be increased: to 440 euros – fifty times. The Provincial Governor said, “If you do not have enough money, you do not need to come.”
This reminds connoisseurs of the scene of Rwanda, the last refuge of mountain gorillas. Nearly two years ago, the government set the visitor’s permit at a hefty 1,500 US dollars – and after a maximum of 60 minutes, it’s time to go again.