Came across the following today...I would be interested in some more concrete examples as to how they expect to use this data to improve living conditions for Venetians.
I see no reference to improving living conditions for Venetians, though one may infer that controling tourism might benefit the locals. It appears to be more for demographic collection and looking to instigate a means of when to activate tourist taxes. They mention trying to look at controlling or diverting masses from key locations. I would just turn off my phone and the can collect my footfall data from the myriad of cameras. I will come from location'non-Italy'. That will have to do. So much intrusion, but at least they tell us so.
I hadn’t been aware of the planned Tourist Tax. How much is it, and how will it be levied? Since it was planned for 2020 but postponed until 2022, is that, on some level, an encouragement for more and more people to come to a Venice in 2021, to beat the tax?
So everyone who buys a sim card there messes up the 'origin' tracking statistics.
Might be simpler to hire Disney to treat Venice like a Park and set up admission booths
More booths for those coming off cruise boats than buses or trains, right?
@Cyn, I believe the tourist tax has been talked about here but information was as half baked as this article. It can't be that easy to implement as I think there was even a sliding scale. I recall between 4-10E per person per day. The most for cruise passengers and other day trippers. When you sleep in Venice you already pay a nightly tourist tax ~3E.
Think about the challenges herding masses through a ticket booth and stile?
I can't help but think these are all expensive grasps at straws. What happened to last year's plan to move the cruise ports to the mainland?
Many (all?) Italian cities have a 'tax' for hotel stays (about 2-3€/night). It seems like it would be pretty easy to collect the day tripper tax from the cruise companies and tour bus businesses. So the only people who would 'escape' the tax would be the few who are coming in independently and not staying at a hotel. Pretty small group. The people staying in Padua or somewhere and day tripping would technically be paying the tax to the city of Padua and not the city of Venice but I don't that's a huge group either. The hoards are coming in via cruise ships and tour buses.