UNESCO Committee undemocratically calls for blocking of projects backed by Venice’s elected City Council and funded by Italy’s government

During the 40th session of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee in Istanbul on 14 July 2016, an ultimatum was issued to Italian authorities threatening to remove Venice from its World Heritage List and add it to its List of World Heritage in Danger. UNESCO has charged the Italian … Continue reading

New York Review of Books regurgitates pessimism about the death of Venice, climate alarmism and prejudices about tourists

A new article, ‘The Coming Death of Venice?’, by Anna Somers Cocks about Venice in the New York Review of Books regurgitates pessimism about the death of the city, climate alarmism and the usual prejudices about tourism. The death of Venice is a remarkably unoriginal subject. It was an emergent theme when Venetians suffered from … Continue reading

Challenging Venice’s etiquette rules which penalize residents and tourists

This year anti-tourism campaigns and attempts to regulate tourists in Venice have reached new heights. I strongly advised against discriminating against tourists in my book, Venice in Environmental Peril? Myth and Reality (2012). Apart from the possible economic impact of being negative towards tourists, we are all people, residents are sometimes tourists too and tourists … Continue reading

UNESCO warning to Venice, London and Seville about modern cruise ships and buildings

Venice is at the forefront of UNESCO warnings about the dangers of modern cruise ships and buildings. UNESCO has called for restrictions on the passage of cruise ships through the Venetian lagoon. Following the Costa Concordia cruise ship crash, UNESCO has expressed concern about the risks to Venice caused by cruise ships in a statement: … Continue reading

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