Venice is now limiting tourist groups to 25 people in an effort to prevent the damage that this tourism model (mass) could cause

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Venice, one of the cities with the highest mass tourism, has been implementing various projects for some time to mitigate the harm caused by this tourism model. Now it is limiting tourist groups to 25 people to prevent further damage to the historical city. The crowded streets filled with tourists, loud music, and announcements, along with queues everywhere due to the density, have increasingly disturbed the residents of the city with a population of 50,000.

The Venice Municipality has decided not to allow tourist groups of more than 25 people into the city as of June 1, 2024, to establish a healthier balance between the city and tourism. During the summer season, the city is overwhelmed by the influx of cruise ships and bus tours, making it nearly impossible to move around during the peak season. Local residents have become increasingly uncomfortable with tourism, openly expressing their discontent. Venice Security Director Elisabetta Pesce stated that reducing the volume of speakers and limiting tour groups to 25 people would contribute significantly to the sustainability of tourism, thus establishing a healthier balance between local residents and tourism.

"Türkiye rarely take concrete steps"

 Recep Yavuz, the President of the Antalya City Council Tourism Working Group, commented on the matter, saying, "We always talk about sustainability, but we rarely take concrete steps towards it. Currently, we are still busy filling the sack, and when we start carrying the filled sack on our backs, we will see that we might be buried under it. In this context, our country, which engages in mass tourism, should take this example seriously and encourage projects that will ensure the healthy development of tourism together with the local population. The day may come when statements like 'We are still busy filling the sack' will rise. The city and tourism should coexist peacefully."

Editor: Savaş Daş