Venice suffers its worst floods for 53 years. My assessment with live comments about the causes and responses on Euronews

On the night of 12 November 2019, over 80 per cent of Venice was flooded. The reading on the city’s tide gauge reached 187 cm, which was the highest level recorded since November 1966 when 100 per cent of the city was flooded and a level of 194 cm was recorded on the tide gauge. … Continue reading

“Facing Rising Water and Rising Tourism, Venice Fights Back.” Article published by Worth in the USA including my comments.

This article by Jackie Cooperman, including interviews with several people, was published on 5 November 2019. You can read it by clicking on the link below: Facing Rising Water and Rising Tourism, Venice Fights Back Feel free to send me remarks. Thanks, Dominic.

‘Is mass tourism ruining vacations as we know them?’ My comments as one of three interviewees during live TV and YouTube broadcast by Al Jazeera @AJStream

This programme was broadcast on 30 July 2019 and can be viewed by clicking on the link below. Feel free to comment, thanks. Is mass tourism ruining vacations as we know them? This debate developed some themes in my article published the day before which can be found in the link below: When did tourism … Continue reading

‘When did tourism become a crime?’ Article by me published by @spikedonline about how tourists are being criminalised from Venice to Rome and Barcelona.

When did tourism become a crime? The article in the link above was published on 29 July 2019. I welcome any comments, thanks. The text is also below. When did tourism become a crime? Dominic Standish. Venice’s new rules for tourists are making life hell for locals, too. This month, two German tourists were fined … Continue reading

A cruise ship crash in Venice focuses minds on changing docks

The awful crash of the Opera cruise ship on the morning of 2 June 2019 thankfully only led to 4-5 minor injuries from various reports. The Opera had an engine failure and was blocked, but the thrust was on causing the speed to increase. It scraped along the dockside before crashing into a tourist boat … Continue reading

Venice City Council approves fining and banning people from the local area for ‘anti-social’ behaviour

On 16 May 2019, by a majority of 22 for and 6 against, Venice City Council approved a range of police and security regulations for the urban area, as set out on its website (only in Italian) here: Il Consiglio comunale approva il nuovo Regolamento di Polizia e Sicurezza urbana These regulations will impact many … Continue reading

My comments on Venice’s new tourist charge published in The Observer

On 6 January, The Observer newspaper in the UK published an article with many comments about Venice, including mine. It can be read by clicking on the link below; The Death of Venice?

Decisions made for Venice cruise ships, channel routes and offshore platform.

A meeting was held on 7 November 2017 in Rome of the ‘Comitatone’ committee charged with managing Venice and its lagoon. This committee includes representatives of the national government and local administrators, including the Mayor of Venice.   After years of debate about different scenarios for cruise ships navigating the Venetian Lagoon, it was decided … Continue reading

Gender and gondoliers in #Venice; my comments in The Guardian

On 29 June 2017, the UK newspaper The Guardian published an article titled ‘Patriarchy on the canal: why is there only one female gondolier in Venice?’, written by Angela Giuffrida. To read the article in full, click on the link below; Patriarchy on the canal: why is there only one female gondolier in Venice? The … Continue reading

Article in The Epoch Times on Venice and tourism with contrasting views, including my own

This insightful and perceptive article by Angela Giuffrida was published on 31 May 2017 in The Epoch Times, which is based in the USA but is published in 21 languages and 35 countries. It includes different interpretations of how tourism is impacting Venice today and its historical role, including my own comments. Click on the … Continue reading

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