ETOA meets Venice council

LAST month, the European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) held a meeting with the assessors in charge of tourism and transport in Venice.

The main theme of the meeting was to work to improve the lines of communication between the city and the wider travel industry, as well as address the issue of adequate notice for planned changes.
During the meeting, Venice City Council confirmed that it plans to go ahead with moving all tourist coach drop-offs out of Piazzale Roma in October to Tronchetto, located a little further outside the city centre, but said this would not affect coach tariffs overall. There are also plans to improve and expand facilities.
This latest development follows the city’s recent move to introduce an accommodation tax. Within the industry, the main objection was that the levy was introduced at such short notice leaving hoteliers playing the role of tax collector and operators with a last minute cost they had not factored into their packages.

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