Street artist Banksy appears to have turned up unannounced at the Venice Biennale, and may have even been kicked out of one of the city’s most famous piazzas for running a stall without a permit. Banksy posted a short video on his verified Instagram account showing a man with a series of paintings depicting a huge cruise ship looming over the Italian city, before local police appear to move him on. (edition.cnn.com)
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has expressed disappointment in a new proposed tax on day visitors to Venice’s historic city center. “CLIA and its members are disappointed that the Italian Government supported the proposal to introduce a local entrance tax for visitors to Venice in its recent budget bill,” the organization said in a statement shared with Travel Agent.
Cruise ship MARELLA DISCOVERY 2 was disabled after engine failure, while moving in Guidecca Canal, Venice historic center, near Doge’s Palace and the Basilica of San Marco, in the afternoon May 14. (maritimebulletin.net)
At a meeting of the Comitatone (big committee) for strategic matters relating to Venice, hosted in Rome on 7 November by the minister for infrastructures, Graziano Delrio, a decision was taken that would keep all but the biggest cruise ships docking in the port of Venice while providing them with a route that would not lead through Venice. (theartnewspaper.com)
The cruise industry is hoping to find an alternative route to open Venice back up to larger ships, according to a carefully prepared statement from CLIA Europe. Recent regulations have restricted ships sailing into Venice to be no more than 96,000 tons, causing a steep traffic drop for the port. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
Relations between locals and tourists hit a new nadir in Venice this week. The latest pantomime villains? A group of Belgians who thought it would be a good idea to go for a swim in the Grand Canal. (telegraph.co.uk)
“Air pollution produced by maritime traffic” is the theme of the meeting organized by ‘International Propeller Club Port of Venice. (nauticareport.it)
MedCruise participated at the fourth meeting of the Cruise and Ferry Port Network, organised within ESPO, discussing the next steps of the network uniting cruise ports from all over Europe and the adjoining seas. (more…)
Cruise port infrastructure, port projects on renewable energy and transport systems, and the reduction of emissions from cruising, are the three key issues discussed during the 4th GreenPort Cruise, which was held under the auspices of MedCruise in Venice, Italy. (more…)
Venice Municipal Administration, the Piazza San Marco Association and Costa Cruises present the new edition of “ViviAmo la città – Sei in piazza San Marco” (“Let’s live the town – You’re in Piazza San Marco”), a project to sensitize residents and tourists to improve the quality and preservation of Piazza San Marco and the surrounding area in Venice.