Dorel Frumusanu, The invasion of Venice
Venice one of the most interesting and lovely places in the world is a victim of its own popularity. More than 25 million tourists visit Venice every year and the most intense period for tourist traffic is between June and September. Over the past two decades, property owners have increasingly converted apartments into hotels or Airbnb rentals, driving up the costs of permanent housing. The result: only the wealthy can afford to live here. Three decades ago, more than 120,000 people called Venice home. Today, there are 55,000. By 2030, some demographers predict, there will be no more full-time residents.
Another Venice issue is the growing number of cruise ships. The number of tourists arriving in Venice on board cruise ships rose from below 100,000 passengers in 1999 to 1.7 million in 2012. The fabled Italian port is now the most popular cruise destination in Europe, the largest cruise ship to ever visit Venice: at 333 meters long (1,092 feet), it has a gross tonnage three times that of the Titanic. It brought with it 4,500 tourists.
The number of tourists is going up every day, every year, including people coming from the cruise ships. There’s too many people in Venice during a normal day. Venice is under invasion more tourists, in a limited amount of space, are forcing residents out. The city has started to be a city only for the tourists, there are more Venetians on the mainland than in Venice.