It is commonly known that Venice, the magnificent Italian city, is sinking. Scientists say it is now sinking five times faster than initially thought.
Another thing that is commonly known, is that Venice is a very popular tourism destination. Lots of these tourists arrive in Venice by cruise ship, wanting to enter Venice via the San Marco passage, arriving in the centre of the city.
The two statements above can no longer be combined. The cruise ships bring a lot of tourists to Venice, but the cruise ships also contribute to the sinking process.
After a wave of protests, the Italian government has decided to ban the cruise ships out of Venice. But it is not sure yet what the consequences of this will be. One hopes to stop the sinking, but will the tourists accept the fact that they won’t be able to enjoy the magnificent view any more? And what other consequences will follow, if the tourists don’t accept the decision?
We have tried to find solutions for the problems above. A summary can be found in our PowerPoint presentation.
Cruise ships in Venice
Written by: Natascha Hänni and Laura Jacobs, class 703e
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