Venice votes to ban cruise ships!
International tourism has reached record numbers in recent years, and many of those tourists arrive by boat—large, huge, enormous boats. The impact of the cruise industry on heritage sites can take many forms. The ships deliver large numbers of tourists in a short amount of time, the ships can cause coastal damage, such as erosion, to the historic waterfronts of coastal cities, and the sheer size, which often dwarfs the scale of historic sites, can create a severe disruption to the visual experience. Charleston, South Carolina, has been seeking ways to reduce the impact of the growth of the cruise ship industry in that historic port, the Jamaican government approved the construction of a new facility on the shore of historic Falmouth as the home port of one of the cruise industry’s largest ships—the Oasis of the Seas-. And now Venice has taken a shot at controlling the impact of cruise ships by voting to ban them from the Venice Lagoon.
By Nick Squires
June 19, 2017