Articles tagged “italy”

Venice Decides to Re-Route Big Cruise Ships to Blunt Environmental Impact

Venice Decides to Re-Route Big Cruise Ships to Blunt Environmental Impact

Associated Press

Critics say that even this step to block big cruise ships from sailing past St. Mark's Square in Venice doesn't adequately address the pollution issue since the vessels would still enter the Venice lagoon. This is yet another example of destinations coming to grip with overtourism issues without finding easy answers.

2 weeks ago

Qatar Airways Grabs 49 Percent Ownership in Italy’s Meridiana Airline

Qatar Airways Grabs 49 Percent Ownership in Italy’s Meridiana Airline

Associated Press

Qatar Airways and Etihad are making Italy almost a province from an aviation standpoint as they've swooped in to make investments in struggling airlines in the country. Whether the strategy works out in the end is another matter.

2 months ago

Ryanair to Cancel 50 Flights Per Day to Fix Schedule

Ryanair to Cancel 50 Flights Per Day to Fix Schedule

Associated Press

Ryanair is not winning many friends in Italy with these flight cancellations at a time when it mulling a bid to buy Alitalia's assets. In the end, though, money — or the size of the bid — talks, and disrupted passengers' hard feelings would likely be secondary.

2 months ago

Hit-and-Run Tourism Fought by Uffizi Gallery in Florence With New Strategy

Hit-and-Run Tourism Fought by Uffizi Gallery in Florence With New Strategy

Colleen Barry, Associated Press

Popular spots like Florence's Uffizi Gallery face an overtourism problem. Some people visit for visiting's sake. But responding by hiking prices hurts true art fans who mostly aren't rich. We need more creative fixes.

4 months ago

Overtourism at Italian Attractions Spurs Call for Visitor Limits

Overtourism at Italian Attractions Spurs Call for Visitor Limits

Isla Binnie, Reuters

Italy and other European countries suffering from what Skift has termed overtourism all understand that there's a problem, but very few actually know what to do about it or have yet to propose a sensible plan to manage crowds.

5 months ago

Italy Thinks Switzerland’s Nighttime Border Closings Will Hurt Tourism

Italy Thinks Switzerland’s Nighttime Border Closings Will Hurt Tourism

Associated Press

When tourists and residents in two countries hear that border crossings are closed, no matter the time of day, they perceive that they're not welcome and Switzerland's decision could impact tourism in the region.

8 months ago

Alitalia May Face Cash Crunch Within Weeks

Alitalia May Face Cash Crunch Within Weeks

Tommaso Ebhardt, Chiara Vasarri, and Chiara Albanese, Bloomberg

Alitalia had been rescued by Etihad, which positioned it as a premium brand. But high costs hurt. Now the Italian government may guarantee loans to help the airline change course.

8 months ago

Pisa Thinks It Needs a Massive Ferris Wheel to Go With Its Legendary Leaning Tower

Pisa Thinks It Needs a Massive Ferris Wheel to Go With Its Legendary Leaning Tower

Associated Press

Most destinations need to find ways to diversify their tourist offerings and attractions, but is this is not that. This is ridiculous.

9 months ago

Europe’s Christmas Markets Tighten Security After Attack

Europe’s Christmas Markets Tighten Security After Attack

Lori Hinnant, Associated Press

Europe's year for tourism has faced a barrage of challenges that test its resilience as the world's leading destination.

11 months ago

Remaining Residents of Venice, Italy Protest the Effects of Tourism

Remaining Residents of Venice, Italy Protest the Effects of Tourism

Luca Bruno, Associated Press

When Venice's leaders decided to prioritize tourists over residents they started the city on a path to obsolescence.

1 year ago

Italy’s Museums Are Turning to Private Sector Funding to Cover Costs

Italy’s Museums Are Turning to Private Sector Funding to Cover Costs

Frances D'emilio, Associated Press

These are certainly some creative funding ideas, and they're notable for seeking involvement from a broader section of the population. But beyond the initial curiosity, they'll need to find more sustainable models.

1 year ago

Brexit Fears and Italian Tax Cuts Bring More Ryanair Flights to Rome and Milan

Brexit Fears and Italian Tax Cuts Bring More Ryanair Flights to Rome and Milan

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Ryanair is repositioning dozens of jets on order from the UK to other European countries and Italy is a beneficiary because of its decision to avoid a hike of airline-ticket taxes. Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary likes that tax advantage.

1 year ago