Venice’s flooding causes tourism slump 45% of hotel orders cancelled

In November, Venice, the world’s most famous water capital, suffered severe flooding, euronews agency reported. After the flood, Venice’s tourism industry was depressed. The Venice Hotel Association says hotel occupancy in Venice has fallen by nearly 50 percent since December. Venice, Italy, has reportedly suffered its worst flooding in 53 years since mid-November.

For more than a week, venice’s water level exceeded 1.5 meters at 3 degrees, and on November 12th, the highest water level reached 1.87 meters, and the authorities were forced to declare a state of emergency in the ancient city of Venice.

Venice's flooding causes tourism slump 45% of hotel orders cancelledVenice's flooding causes tourism slump 45% of hotel orders cancelled

Vittorio Bonacini, president of the Venice Hotel Association, said visitor occupancy at Venice hotels had fallen to an all-time low after the floods, with 45 percent of hotel orders for bookings in the past 30 days.

Bonasini said the main reason for the cancellation of the trip to Venice was that the media coverage of the floods was too emotional and negative, making visitors’ imaginations about the impact of the floods worse than the actual disaster.

Bonasini stressed that recently, the Venice Hotel Association and the tourism sector have received a number of from the United States, Oceania and some Asian countries of the telephone inquiry, more tourists in the concern and inquiry, Venice more than a deep tide, whether the youth travel safety, pose a potential threat and have a certain risk.

Mr Bonasini said many tourists were now worried about the safety of their trip to Venice, fearing that a tide of more than a metre could jeopardize security. In fact, the average elevation of the city of Venice is more than 1 meter, such as the 1.3 meters of tide, Venice’s old town is only 30 centimeters of water.

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