The Ghost Town of Venice and a ruining tourism economy
Canceling a trip to Venice is a reason for the Corona outbreak
Known for its crushing crowds of tourists, Venice is now all but empty, as travelers cancel over coronavirus fears.First came the flood, then came the disease.Over the past three months, the tourism industry of Venice, has had its share of plagues.
The flooding caused by high tides in the city
Flooding in November, prompted by exceptionally high tides, led to mass cancellations. Now as Italy experiences the biggest coronavirus outbreak outside Asia, a similar and unwelcome drop-off is occurring.
Cancel 50% of hotels by tourists
According to Associazione Venezia Albergatori, an association of local hotel owners, 50 percent of reservations in Venice have been canceled in the last week. “The situation is dramatic for the industry,” said Vittorio Bonacini, the chairman.
€ 800 million reduced Venice tourist revenue
Mr. Bonacini estimates that since November, Venetian tourism, worth 3 billion euro or about $3.3 billion, “has probably lost 800 million euro.” Since the outbreak began on Feb. 21, he said, Venice hotels have lost almost 70 percent of their international visitors.
The deserted streets of Venice
Once plagued by overtourism, Venice is now ghastly empty.Many of its world-famous hot spots, including Campo Santa Margherita and the Jewish Ghetto, are deserted. Few tourists can be seen even in the usually packed St. Mark’s Square.
The secondary center will be the virus outbreak in northern Italy
“It feels like one of those zombie movies with one guy walking in an empty New York,” said Matteo Secchi, a hotel receptionist. He said tourists scared off by the virus are canceling their reservation up to April. “One month like this it’s something we can deal with, but if this Venice is hardly the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Northern Italy, and no lockdown has been imposed on the city.
650 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Italy
As of Thursday, 650 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Italy, according to the country’s civil protection agency (the ministry of health’s count, which lags the civil protection numbers, is slightly lower).
The openness of coffee shops in these areas
The vast majority are in Lombardy, where 11 villages and small towns have been fully quarantined and the regional capital Milan has self-imposed a lockdown, with schools, gyms and public offices closed, while pubs and cafes are subject to an on-and-off curfew.
Venice schools and museums close
In neighboring Veneto, the confirmed coronavirus cases are 71, said the civil protection agency. Its regional capital, Venice, has closed only its schools and museums.And, of course, the last two days of the Venice Carnival were called off, making international headlines.