According to Hollister, rerouting cruise ships away from Venice’s centre will give local residents the impression that their complaints have been taken on board. However, it is probable that redirected tourists will commute to the central islands via large coaches and taxi services instead.
This will spread the issue of overtourism to new areas outside of the centre, creating traffic congestion that will pollute suburban areas.
The combination of utilising ports away from central Venice and a new measure requiring day-trippers to pay an entrance fee up to USD11 from September are unlikely to effectively combat overtourism.
Mass visitation remains important for the local government; tourism is worth 11,4 percent of Venetian GDP.
The local government may continue to ride the tourism wave until the effects become irreversible to the city’s fragile structure.